August 10, 2017 / 10:25 AM / 13 days ago

CORRECTED-Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

(Corrects final letter of minister's name to "e" instead of "a" in paragraphs 2,4)

COLOMBO, Aug 10 (Reuters) - 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 Karunanayake 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 Karunanayake, 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. (Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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