The Sunday Leader

SLFP Denies Coup Claims

By Waruni Karunarathne

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says as a ‘democratic socialist’ party it would not resort to taking power in an undemocratic manner.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party Spokesman and MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told The Sunday Leader that he had no understanding of a coup as alleged by the new government and as a democratic socialist party, the SLFP had no intention of coming to power in an undemocratic manner. He added that there are on-going police investigations regarding the matter and the SLFP as a party was not aware of such a coup and therefore would wait for the results of the investigations. When inquired if the SLFP would go to court if the coup allegation was found to be false, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that it is up to them the allegation is levelled against to go to court.

However, he said that soon after the election, the former government stepped down immediately respecting the decision of the people.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently filed a case against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa allegedly attempting to stage a coup to take over power after losing the presidential election with the help of his brothers – an allegation which the former President has denied.

1 Comment for “SLFP Denies Coup Claims”

  1. chandra

    MR never understood Mangala. He kept him in opposition to grab him at his third term as MR was fed up of Basil. But Mangala will do anything to discredit MR and now with highest possible allegation of coup.

    Politicians like Managal will never work for the benefit of poor Sri Lankans. You wait and see what will happen soon in our foreign relations and Ethnic conflict.

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