Sri Lanka foreign minister Ravi Karunanayaka resigns over corruption charges

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."

By: Reuters | Colombo | Published:August 10, 2017 2:33 pm
Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka foreign minister Ravi Karunanayaka, Ravi Karunanayaka, Ravi Karunanayaka resignation,  Maithripala Sirisena, Corruption in Sri Lanka, World News, Indian Express news President Maithripala Sirisena’s government has pledged to end the rampant corruption that affected the previous government. (Representational Image)

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.”

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.

Video of the day

For all the latest World News, download Indian Express App

    Live Cricket Scores & Results