Speaking to the media in Colombo, Peiris said the JO wanted that to happen.
Asked if it was not the president who was responsible for the collapse of the economy etc., he placed the blame squarely on Wickremesinghe.
Commenting on a recent remark by president Maithripala Sirisena that a government change was not possible without the consent of the speaker and that of his own, Peiris claimed the support of the speaker was not needed to change the PM and the cabinet.
No intention to impeach Sirisena
JO has no intention of impeaching president Sirisena, and a government change in 2017 is not one that is directed against him, Peiris went onto say.
Recently, National Unity Alliance leader Azath Salley has told BBC Sandeshaya that he was wondering if former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has remarked the present regime would be toppled in 2017 with an idea of moving an impeachment against the incumbent in mind.
Meanwhile, Rajapaksa-loyalist national movement for the protection of the motherland’s Dr. Nalin de Silva has asked the president to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa or some other person in the JO as the prime minister after the expiration of the good governance agreement.
Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila have expressed willingness to support a government by ‘patriotic forces’ in the SLFP-led UPFA by recognizing the leadership of president Sirisena in the event he abandoned his link with the UNP.