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Lawmakers stage protest in Sri Lankan Parliament against bribery summons for ex-president

A protest staged by lawmakers backing former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ran into a second day after the country's bribery commission summoned the ex-leader and his brothers to explain their actions while in power.

The protesters said Tuesday that the summons was an affront to the brothers who were instrumental in ending a 26-year civil war.

Rajapaksa was asked to appear before the commission to explain why he gave a ministerial position last year to an opposition leader soon after he defected to support Rajapaksa's presidential re-election campaign. Rajapaksa's rivals say handing out the ministerial position was a bribe.

His brothers, former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, were also summoned over allegations of financial irregularities.