Sri Lanka army defied sequence to keep Rajapaksa in energy – Sirisena aide

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COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s army defied orders from aides of former boss Mahinda Rajapaksa to keep him in energy “by force” when it became transparent he had mislaid his bid for a third term, a debate orator of a newly inaugurated personality pronounced on Saturday.

Rajapaksa’s orator denied a allegation, while a army orator pronounced he was unknowingly of any such order.

Rajapaksa mislaid Thursday’s election, finale a decade of sequence that critics pronounced had turn increasingly peremptory and injured by nepotism and corruption.

Rajitha Senaratne, a lawmaker who acted as a orator for new President Maithripala Sirisena during a campaign, pronounced Rajapaksa’s administration had sought a subsidy of a infantry to stay in power.

“The army arch got orders to muster a infantry on a belligerent opposite a country. They attempted attempts to continue by force. The army arch defied all a orders he got in a final hours,” Senaratne told reporters during a news discussion in Colombo, a initial by Sirisena’s aides given a vote.

“We spoke to a army arch and told him not to do this. He kept a infantry in a fort and helped a giveaway and satisfactory election,” Senaratne said.

Mohan Samaranayake, orator for a former president, pronounced Rajapaksa denied a allegations and had motionless to send energy after looking during a trend of a formula in a early hours of Friday.

“When U.S. State Secretary John Kerry spoke to Rajapaksa over a phone, a former boss positive him there will be a well-spoken energy transition as stipulated in a constitution,” Samaranayake told Reuters.

Military orator Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya pronounced he was unknowingly of any such sequence done to a army. He pronounced a infantry stayed out of a choosing routine during each stage.

“Sri Lanka’s infantry will not do anything to interrupt a approved traditions and process,” he said.

Speculation had been abundant in Colombo only before a choosing that force could be used to keep Sirisena electorate from polling stations or even that a infantry could meddle if Rajapaksa looked set to lose.

U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated Sirisena on his feat in a matter on Saturday.

“I also praise a effusive administration of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for facilitating a quick and nurse transition of power,” Obama said.

Sirisena took 51.3 percent of a vote, while Rajapaksa got 47.6 percent. Rajapaksa, even before a central formula were announced, conceded his better and left his central residence.

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Rosalind Russell)

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