Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

He will continue in the party as a backbench member of parliament


Reuters August 10, 2017
Ravi Karunanayake, Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance, reacts during an interview with Reuters in Colombo, Sri Lanka. PHOTO: REUTERS

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA:

Sri Lanka's foreign minister resigned on Thursday over corruption charges in a bond scam that is now being investigated, maintaining that he was not guilty of wrongdoing.


In a statement after announcing his resignation, Ravi Karunanayaka told parliament, "I have never done anything wrong, and I resign with pride to create a new political culture in Sri Lanka and ensure good governance."


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He said he would continue in the party as a backbench member of parliament, however.


The allegations over Karunanayaka, a former finance minister, followed his appearance at a presidential commission last week, and he has not been charged by any court.


President Maithripala Sirisena's government has pledged to end the rampant corruption that affected the previous government.


 

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ishrat salim | 4 years ago | Reply This should be an eye opener & a lesson for our Pakistani politicians & the majority party on morality.
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