He recalled that former Presidents J.R. Jayawardena and Chandrika Kumaratunga had retired after serving two terms in office yet Rajapaksa wanted to be in power for a longer period.
Wickremesinghe said that Rajapaksa threatened to overthrow the Government in January but he could not do that.
He said that the former President expected several members of the Government to take part in the joint opposition rally last week but even that never happened.
The Prime Minister said that when the current coalition Government took office Sri Lanka was in a debt trap.
He said Sri Lanka will be compelled to pay the debt till 2026. (Colombo Gazette)