'We are in great danger': Sri Lanka's president warns economic crisis will continue into next year
"We are in great danger."
"The president of a country does not have to be a king or a god who is exalted above the people. He or she is one of the citizens," Mr Wickremesinghe said.
Discussions with the IMF for a four-year programme that could provide up to US$3 billion ($4.32 billion) would resume in August, Mr Wickremesinghe told lawmakers in his first major address to parliament since taking over.
But the new president reiterated his call for a unity government, adding that he had already initiated discussions with some groups.
"We must come together; specifically an all or multi-party government for a limited period of time to work towards creating this new #SriLanka on a common minimum program," he said in a tweet.
"I will not allow anyone to act outside the law," he said.