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Sirisena rejects Rajapaksa's claim about toppling govt

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected as "dream" the claim by his predecessor that he would make a political comeback by toppling down the current this year.

"Certain people can dream but the would not be toppled before 2020," Sirisena said, addressing a gathering last night at the state radio.

"The could only be changed by the public at the next There will be no action to violate the and violate the constitution," Sirisena stressed, referring to Rajapaksa's recent comments that the Joint Opposition of his supporters could change the government through a roll in the head count in parliament.

Rajapaksa's supporters expect Sirisena to break the unity government with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by sacking him and setting up a Freedom Party government.

"People who tasted power by abusing all privileges are keen to see the government toppled. I clearly tell them that there will be no room for that without public approval," he underlined.

Sirisena said 2017 would be important to in its economic revival and development.

"We have planned for development projects with international cooperation," he said.

Earlier this week, Wickremesinghe challenged Rajapaksa to topple the current government, saying: "I will be going next week to Switzerland for one week giving Mahinda time to bring the government down.

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First Published: Fri, January 06 2017. 13:22 IST