London: The newly elected government of Sri Lanka has said that it will investigate what it claims was a coup attempt by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa after he lost the presidential elections on Friday.
Top presidential aide Mangala Samaraweera remarked that people thought it was a peaceful transition of power but it was anything but “peaceful,” reported the BBC.
Rajapaksa’s spokesman said that the allegations were “baseless.”
He had endured a “shock defeat” to Maithripala Sirisena , the main opposition candidate who was a minister in his government just two months ago.
Before losing the presidential elections on Friday, Rajapaksa was South Asia’s longest-serving leader and had initially been widely praised for conceding defeat to Sirisena before the results were made public.