President reveals he wanted Karu or Sajith to be PM

President Maithripala Sirisena says he wanted Karu Jayasuriya or Sajith Premadasa and not Ranil Wickremesinghe to be Prime Minister.

He said that he had proposed to Jayasuriya to be Prime Minister and also urged Sajith Premadasa to be Prime Minister as recently as a few months back.

However both had refused to do so. As a result, he says he decided to give Mahinda Rajapaksa the post.

He defended the decision to remove Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister accusing him of working against national interests.

Speaking at a UPFA rally in Battaramulla today, the President said that he cannot work according to the agenda of the international community.