Sri Lanka army defied order to keep Rajapaksa in power: Sirisena aide

January 10, 2015 6:50 PM

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Sri Lanka army defied order to keep Rajapaksa in power: Sirisena aide

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army defied orders from aides of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to keep him in power "by force" when it became clear he had lost his bid for a third term, the campaign spokesman of the newly elected leader said on Saturday.

Rajapaksa's spokesman denied the allegation, while the army spokesman said he was unaware of any such order.

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