Colombo, Jan 2 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Monday responding to former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s threats that the government would be toppled this year, said in a humorous tone that Rajapakse could topple the government when he visits Switzerland next week.
“I am going to Switzerland for a week, giving Mahinda the chance to bring the government down,” Wickremesinghe said.
“At the end of the day the government will be there and he will be Mahinda Rajapaksa” he further added.
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.