Colombo, Jan 4 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapakse, on Wednesday charged that he would topple the government while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was in the country.
Rajapakse was responding to a ‘humorous’ statement made by Wickremesinghe recently where he said Rajapakse could topple the government when he visits Switzerland next week.
However, Rajapakse in a tweet on Wednesday evening said, “PM can go abroad with a peace of mind. I don’t stab people in the back. Any toppling of govt will happen while he’s in the country.”
The former President, recently said that that he intends to “topple” the current government in 2017 and it would be the year in which the future of Sri Lanka will be decided.
Rajapakse was surprisingly defeated in a presidential election in January 2015, ending his 10 year term in power. The former President said that even though the National Unity Government currently held a two thirds majority, that balance of power could shift given the current political climate.
“They are fighting with each other. It can’t go on like this. It is bad for the country,” he said.