There was plot to assassinate president, ex-defence secretary: PM Rajapaksa

File photo of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Colombo, Sri Lanka Oct 30, 2018, 10.07 PM (IST)

Mahindra Rajapaksa who took over as prime minister of Sri Lanka said there was a plot to assassinate the president and former defence secretary.

The UNP was engaged in a quest to sell off valuable state assets and enterprises to foreign companies, Rajapaksa said in a press release after coming to power.

The newly-appointed prime minister of the emerald country lamented the fall of the rupee and the deteriorating economy.

Our country has been downgraded by the credit rating agencies, the people are oppressed by the ever-rising cost of living, he said.

"We will eschew politics of hate and will set up an interim government that will protect human rights of all citizens and protect the independence of the judiciary."

"I also invite the people of all communities and religion - Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhist, Hindus, Christians and followers of Islam to participate in this political exercise," he said.

Rajapaksa said the UNP-UPFA government came to an end as a result of UPFA leaving the coalition. He blamed the UNP government for doubling of interest rates.

The former president requested party leaders and parliamentarians to join the electoral process for the upcoming provincial council elections.


 

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The former president requested party leaders and parliamentarians to join the electoral process for the upcoming provincial council elections.