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Sri Lanka's new government to probe alleged coup attempt by ex-president to stay in power

FILE - In this  Jan. 5, 2015 file photo, then-Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attends his final public rally for the presidential elections in Kesbewa, southeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Mangala Samaraweera, the spokesman for new President Maithripala Sirisena, said Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, Sri Lanka's new government will investigate an alleged attempt by former President Rajapaksa to stage a coup to stay in power when results showed he was losing last week's election. (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015 file photo, then-Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attends his final public rally for the presidential elections in Kesbewa, southeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Mangala Samaraweera, the spokesman for new President Maithripala Sirisena, said Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, Sri Lanka's new government will investigate an alleged attempt by former President Rajapaksa to stage a coup to stay in power when results showed he was losing last week's election. (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan, File)  (The Associated Press)

An official says Sri Lanka's new government will investigate an alleged attempt by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stage a coup to stay in power when results showed he was losing last week's election.

Mangala Samaraweera, the spokesman for new President Maithripala Sirisena, said Sunday that the Cabinet would investigate the alleged coup.

Samaraweera said: "People think it was a peaceful transition. It was anything but."

He said Rajapaksa stepped down only after the army chief and the police inspector general refused to go along with him.

Samaraweeera said Rajapaksa had planned to deploy the army stop the vote count when it became clear that he was losing Thursday's election.

Rajapaksa stepped down on Friday.