Sri Lanka ex-president’s ‘coup bid’

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Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Sri Lanka’s new foreign minister has asked police to investigate an alleged attempt by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to stage a coup to stay in power when results showed he was losing last week’s election.

Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said that Mr Rajapaksa and several other key officials discussed plans to use the military to stop vote counting when it became clear that he was losing the election. He said the attorney general and the military and police chiefs opposed the move.

Mr Samaraweera said the alleged plan “constitutes a very serious offence against the state”.

Mr Rajapaksa has denied the allegation.

He was widely credited for leaving office peacefully after last Thursday’s election, but the coup allegation has raised doubts about what really took place.

Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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