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Sri Lankan government to probe 'coup attempt'

  • The newly elected Sri Lankan government of Maithripala Sirisena has said it will probe what it has called a coup attempted by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the defeated president, after he lost the polls on Friday, media reports say.

    A key aide of Sirisena said the transition was “anything but [peaceful].”

    Rajapaksa's spokesperson has dismissed the claims as baseless.

    Sirisena, a former minister in the earlier government, has called for a national unity government to carry out economic and political reforms.

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