Ministers and MPs in the former government had robbed nearly Rs 1,300 billion in public money and the Janatha Vimukthi... . Peramuna (JVP) claims it had received nearly 2,000 complaints against those politicians within last two weeks.
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the attempt by the Rajapaksas to stage an 'election night coup', that sought to tamper with the election results and seize power using the military, failed due to the vehement objections of lower rank officers.
Mangala Samaraweera, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka
January 9 was the beginning of a new era for Sri Lanka, domestically and internationally. After my first week as Foreign Minister, I feel encouraged by the level of warmth, openness and goodwill shown to the new Sri Lankan government by an overwhelming number of representatives of the international community.