Monday, November 30, 2009

General to ‘replace dictator’

Sri Lanka’s former armed forces chief, who resigned in disaffection with the government two weeks ago, has formally announced he will stand in presidential election to challenge the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

General Sarath Fonseka said he was entering politics with reluctance but that he could not leave the country, “in the hands of a tin-pot dictator”.

With this announcement, the soldier-turned-politician also denounced the government, above all President Rajapaksa and his three powerful brothers.
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