Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has vowed to win an outright majority in parliamentary elections due on 17 August.
Mr Rajapaksa told BBC Sinhala he was confident of winning more than half the seats in parliament.
Mr Rajapaksa was giving his first BBC interview since he was elected president in 2005 - relations during his nine years in power were strained over accusations of human rights abuses and media freedoms being curtailed.
“Clearly we will secure 117 seats,” he told BBC Sinhala.
He rejected claims by the current Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, that his campaign was in disarray.
Mr Rajapaksa said he does not regret any of the policy decisions he took while in power - apart from one.
“Calling an election two years ahead of schedule, I think, was a wrong decision,” he said.
“I haven’t done anything else for me to regret.”
He strongly defended the controversial impeachment that ousted Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike in January 2014. The move was heavily criticised by the opposition and legal watchdogs as an authoritarian and undermining the rule of law.