Ranil Wickremesinghe Appointed Of Crisis-Hit Sri Lanka, Hopes To Stabilize Situation

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Highlights:

  • The 73-year-old politician was administered the oath of office by the President
  • Mr. Wickremesinghe leads the United National Party
  • Mr. Wickremesinghe is a four-time Prime Minister of the country

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed Sri Lanka’s veteran political leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the next Prime Minister of the crisis-hit country. The 73-year-old politician was administered the oath of office by the PresidentMr. Wickremesinghe is a four-time Prime Minister of the country.

Mr. Wickremesinghe leads the United National Party. The breakaway SJB faction of the party currently forms the principal opposition party. The crisis-hit nation plunged into chaos on Monday as the then Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from the position, vacating the elected government.

Evidently, the anti-government protestors also want President Rajapaksa to step down. The Lankan parliament is likely to debate a no-confidence motion against the President on May 17, the Speaker’s office said. As the island nation faced widespread scarcity of food and fuel, soaring prices of essential commodities, and hours-long power cuts, there have been massive and violent protests over the government’s management of the situation.

Yesterday, in an address to the nation, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that 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. 

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