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Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lanka’s prime minister amidst the worst economic crisis -by Ecork

Ranil Wickremesinghe returns to his position to replace Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Colombo, Sri Lanka:

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed Sri Lanka’s veteran political leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the next prime minister of the crisis-hit island nation. The 73-year-old was sworn in according to the President’s Information Office, who announced in an address to the nation yesterday that the Prime Minister and his ministers will be appointed this week.

Sri Lanka, already grappling with a severe economic crisis, plunged into chaos on Monday as Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned, leading to the abolition of the elected government.

In his speech, President Rajapaksa said that to “control the current situation, and prevent the country from heading towards chaos”, he would appoint a Prime Minister and an assembly “who can have a majority in Parliament and can win the confidence of the people of the country”.

The sources indicated that he held talks with Mr. Wickremesinghe before and after the speech and an agreement was reached.

Rajapaksa faces widespread protests over the country’s deepening economic crisis. Protesters are calling for him to step down.

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