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United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed new PM of Sri Lanka amid economic crisis

Sri Lanka Crisis Latest Updates: United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) has only one seat in Sri Lanka’s 225-member parliament, but has become the country’s next prime minister.

Wickremesinghe, a four-time Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, was removed from the post of Prime Minister by the then President Maithripala Sirisena in October 2018. However, only two months later, Sirisena reinstated him to this post. Wickremesinghe has got the support of all parties to lead the interim administration. His government can run for six months.

According to sources, the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), a faction of the opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) and several other parties have extended their support to prove Wickremesinghe’s majority in Parliament.

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UNP claimed
UNP President V Abeywardena had expressed confidence that Wickremesinghe would get a majority once he was sworn in as the new prime minister. The country’s oldest party UNP could not win a single seat in 2020 and Wickremesinghe, who contested from Colombo, a stronghold of the UNP, also lost.

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