Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has given a clue at the possibility of contesting for the post of Prime Minister at the next General Election in an interview with Japan Times.
Speaking about his future plans, Former President Rajapaksa has pointed out that he is barred from seeking a third term as President but has not ruled out the possibility of running for prime minister, stating that politicians never retire.
The Former President also expressed his views on corruption allegations made against him for misappropriation of USD 18 billion during his regime.
He stated that he is ready to slit his throat if he is proven guilty for misappropriation of even a single dollar.
Furthermore, the Former President has admired authoritarians such as Singapore’s founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, and former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, who both boosted the economies of their nations.
Expressing his views about the war, the former president has said that the LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran misjudged the situation, hoping that international pressure in response to the carnage would force the state to back off.
Explaining the intensity of the war, former president stated that the state had no intention of allowing the LTTE to reorganize.