Sri Lanka Crisis: Ranil Wickremesinghe was today sworn in as the new President of Sri Lanka. However, after winning the election of the caretaker President, there are demonstrations again in the capital Colombo. The protesters are opposing Ranil Wickremesinghe. According to ANI, officials of the President’s Office told Xinhua news agency that Wickremesinghe will take oath on Thursday morning and will appoint a new prime minister later in the day.
Significantly, in the presidential election held on Wednesday 20 July, Ranil Wickremesinghe got the votes of 134 MPs. Soon after winning the Parliament vote by secret ballot, Wickremesinghe addressed parliament, calling on all legislators, including opposition lawmakers, to unite and work together to bring Sri Lanka out of the current economic crisis. Wickremesinghe said, “We are at a critical juncture. There is an economic crisis and the youth want a change in the system. People want all MPs to come together.”
223 MPs cast their votes
Of the 225 MPs, 223 voted to elect a new president and four votes were invalid. The other two candidates, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party MP Dullas Alahapperuma got 82 votes and National People’s Power leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake got three votes.
Wickremesinghe is not a new name in politics and has previously served as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka six times. He was one of the top contenders for the presidential election in which the members of the House voted through secret ballot.
Wickremesinghe became interim president after Rajapaksa’s resignation
Let us tell you that after the government’s failure to deal with the worst economic crisis in the country, people took to the streets and entered the presidential residence. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country and resigned from the presidency amid political turmoil and an atmosphere of chaos in the country. After this Wickremesinghe was appointed as the Interim President of Sri Lanka.
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