Former President and current Parliamentarian, Mahinda Rajapaksa has vowed to topple the Yahapalanaya Government in 2017 and reclaim power. “I don’t want to be the President, but I can still rule the country, without being the President,” he said, hinting at hopes of becoming Prime Minister.
Speaking to foreign journalists, Rajapaksa said that even though the current coalition government enjoyed a two thirds majority in Parliament, there is a strong possibility of ‘change’ in the future. “Conflicts are already brewing within the SLFP and UNP, and this country can’t go on like this,” he said.
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When a journalist asked if Rajapaksa was willing to become Prime Minister under incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena and work under him, Rajapaksa said that if Ranil Wickremesinghe can do it, why can’t he. “After all I have known him since the 1970s,” he said of Sirisena, his former friend turned foe.
Incidentally, the journalists who were invited for the discussion with the former President were served hoppers, which were the same food Sirisena ate with Rajapaksa, the night before his announcement where he broke ranks from Rajapaksa and announced his candidature at the 2015 Presidential Election, which he won, defeating his former leader, Rajapaksa.