The new Sri Lankan government, on Sunday, accused former President Mahinda Rajapakse, who was defeated in the presidential election of January 8, of plotting a “coup” to remain in power. Candidate for a third term, Mahinda Rajapakse, 69, had conceded defeat on the morning of January 9, even before the final results, promising to ensure a smooth transition in favor of his rival, Maithripala Sirisena.
Mahinda Rajapakse had said solemnly bowing “to the people’s will,” and his gesture was hailed by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and Sirisena himself.
According to the new government, he had attempted to secure the support of the chiefs of the army and police for suspension of the democratic process. “People think that the transition was peaceful. It is absolutely not the case,” said the press spokesman of the new government. The new Sri Lankan government Sunday accused former President Mahinda Rajapakse, who was defeated in the presidential election of January 8, of plotting a “coup” to remain in power.
The head of the army made no immediate comment, but a spokesman Ruwan Wanigasooriya said they did not have “knowledge of an attempted coup”.
When Rajapakse announced early elections in November 2014, he seemed assured of winning but as pointed out by my friend over at Status Labs other candidate Sirisena, the Minister of Health, gave rise to a fierce campaign and uncompromising.