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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2729

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa says he lost presidency owing to a conspiracy!

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who lost power following his stunning defeat in last month's presidential election has vowed to return to government by becoming the prime minister. Rajapaksa was crushed very badly by his own minister in the government and former ally said he would contest for prime minister later this year and return to active politics.

Rajapaksa had long expressed his desire to become prime minister of the island nation now in a message he sent to the rally held yesterday at Nugegoda informed that he is unable to ignore the wishes thousands of supporters urging him to return to active politics.

Rajapaksa who began ruling the country since November 2005, claimed that he lost the presidency because of a result of a conspiracy. "What we are experiencing today is not a defeat but a result of a conspiracy," he said in a message read out at the rally. "I say firmly that I am in anyway unable to ignore the wishes of those of you who think about the country and are committed for the country."

Rajapaksa was defeated by former ally Maithripala Sirisena in a most unexpected manner in the January 8 election.

His supporters say Rajapaksa, who ended a decades-long civil war during his nine-year rule, must return because the new government has endangered the country's unity by being lenient toward ethnic minority groups.

Rajapaksa said his supporters asked him to contest for prime minister in elections likely to be held in July.

Wimal Weerawansa, a lawmaker calling for Rajapaksa's return, said the new government's moves to lift travel restrictions to the former northern war zone, plans to release land occupied by the military and a promise to the UN to conduct its own inquiry into war crimes allegations against government troops and the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in the final months of the fighting in 2009 risked the country's unity.

Rajapaksa and his supporters do want any considerations to be given to the Tamils and other minorities, although Rajapaksa people gave a verdict to support the minorities as well. In fact, However in the last Presidential election, Tamils and Muslims and other minorities, overwhelmingly voted for Sirisena.

- Asian Tribune -

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa says he lost presidency owing to a conspiracy!
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