Rajapaksa told reporters today that while some in the SLFP want his support there are others who are demanding that he retire from politics.
He said that the public, however, now realize that they need him to solve their problems and he hopes the government will do just that.
Rajapaksa said that as a parliamentarian he has every right to criticize the Government and members of the opposition should also do that.
He said that the SLFP members in the opposition have been given the right to raise their voices against the Government.
On the proposal to abolish the Executive Presidential system, Rajapaksa said that he feels the Executive Presidency will remain.
He said that while some amendments will be made to the Executive Presidential system, overall the President may have most powers. (Colombo Gazette)