Ranil Wickremesinghe took oath as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

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Colombo: Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (73) took oath as the Prime Minister of the country for the fourth time on Thursday. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as a Prime Minister and administered the oath ceremony. According to the Speaker’s office, Sri Lankan parliament is expected to debate a no-confidence motion against the President on May 17th.

Ranil Wickremesinghe the new Prime Minister assumed his office amidst the protests of the public during the financial and essential commodity crisis in the country. The protesters are demanding to resign the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also, whose family members caused economic crisis in the country.

After taking the oath, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in his address to the nation that his cabinet will be put in place this week. Wickremesinghe heads the United National Party. The breakaway SJB faction of the party currently forms the principal opposition party. Anti-Government protesters also want President Rajapaksa to step down.

President Rajapaksa in his address on Thursday said to control the current situation, and prevent the country from heading towards anarchy, he would appoint a Prime Minister and cabinet that can command a majority in Parliament and can gain the confidence of the people of the country. Sources indicated that he held talks with Wickremesinghe before and after the address and an agreement was reached.

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