Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as new PM of Sri Lanka

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took oath as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on Thursday. The long-time lawmaker Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of crisis-hit Sri Lanka by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The protesters had been demanding the resignation of the Rajapaksa government and the President amidst a severe financial crisis involving shortages of essentials, including food, fuel, medicine, cooking gas and hours of power outages.

On Wednesday night, while addressing the nation President Gotabaya announced that a new PM and a government would be replaced for the positions vacated by his brother Mahinda and his government.

President Gotabaya agreed to abolish the Presidential system. Rajapaksa said the new government would be run by a Prime Minister who can command the majority in Parliament.

(With inputs from IANS)

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