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SL army chief warns army against dabbling in politics

[PTI, Sunday, 1 November 2009 11:23 No Comment]

Amid speculation that Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff Gen Sarath Fonseka may fight the Presidential polls, the country’s army chief has warned military personnel against dabbling in politics, saying soldiers in uniform have no right to engage in political work.

Army Chief Gen Jagath Jayasuriya also made it clear that action would be taken against any personnel engaged in political work.

"We should be partial to the government in power. All governments at the end of their tenure hold elections. Army officer or a soldier wearing a uniform has no right whatsoever to engage in political work with any contesting candidates," the army website quoted Jayasuriya as saying.

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