New Sri Lanka government calls for Rajapaksa 'conspiracy' probe

January 14, 2015 5:54 PM

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New Sri Lanka government calls for Rajapaksa 'conspiracy' probe

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government on Wednesday asked the police to investigate what it called a "diabolical conspiracy" by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to hold on to power even after he was defeated in an election last week.

New President Maithripala Sirisena is trying to shore up his government and prevent a comeback by the former rulers in parliamentary elections that may have to be held this year.

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