US denies funding opposition to oust Sri Lanka leader

Sri Lanka's Resettlement minister Gunaratne Weerakoon has accused US envoy Michele Sison, pictured in Colombo, of seeking to fund opposition forces in the campaign for next month's electionsThe United States embassy in Sri Lanka denied on Saturday it was “pumping money” into the country to topple President Mahinda Rajapakse after the allegations were levelled by a minister. Resettlement minister Gunaratne Weerakoon accused US envoy Michele Sison of seeking to fund opposition forces in the election campaign in order to oust Rajapakse who is seeking an unprecedented third term in next month’s elections. “She is pumping money to topple President Mahinda Rajapakse,” the minister told an election campaign rally Friday. “The allegations by Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon are baseless,” the embassy said in a statement.

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