Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa has told the BBC that he intends to run for president, once President Gotabaya Rajapaksa steps down.
MP Premadasa told the BBC that his party and allies agreed he should be “putting my nomination for the position of presidency, if a vacancy occurs”.
Premadasa lost the Presidential Election in 2019, and would need the support of the governing alliance MPs to win.
MP Premadasa said he was ready to take part in an all-party interim government.
MP Premadasa described the current situation in Sri Lanka as “confused, uncertainty and total anarchy”, saying it needs “consensus, consultation, compromise and coming togetherness”.
The Parliamentarian also conceded that there are no quick fixes.
To return the economy to 2019 levels would take approximately four to five years, he said, adding that his party had an economic plan to overcome the crisis.
He said “We are not going to hoodwink the people. We are going to be frank and present a plan to get rid of Sri Lanka’s economic ills”.