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Fonseka: Hope has turned to despair

world Updated: May 21, 2010 01:25 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The prospects of peace and Sri Lanka’s economic revival after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers have been replaced with political persecution and despair, detained former army chief Sarath Fonseka said on Thursday.

Fonseka said the current government failed to convert the success of the 2009 military victory into a new era of peace. For the common man, he added, the threat of a suicide bomber had been substituted with the fear of political harassment. The former army chief was speaking to reporters in Parliament.

The former army chief attacked against President Mahinda Rajapaksa claiming that Rajapaksa had announced the end of the war on May 19 even before the death of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran.