Colombo: Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is facing the worst economic crisis in history, was on Thursday named the country’s next prime minister. However, Ranil Wickremesinghe has only one seat in the 225-member parliament. United National Party (UNP) leader Wickremesinghe on Wednesday held talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. UNP leader Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as Prime Minister at 6.30 pm today.
Wickremesinghe, a four-time prime minister, was ousted in 2018 by then-President Maithripala Sirisena. However, he was re-elected two months later. According to reports, the ruling Sri Lanka Poduja’s Peramuna (SLPP), a section of the main opposition Samagi Jan Balvegaya (SJB) and several other parties have backed Vikram Singh to secure a majority in Parliament.
Wickremesinghe will be able to get majority in Parliament after taking oath as PM: UNP Chairperson
UNP chairperson Wajira Abhayvardhana has said that after being sworn in as the new prime minister, Wickremesinghe will be able to get a majority in parliament. If Vikram Singh becomes the Prime Minister, he will replace Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned on Monday. Wickremesinghe is seen as a leader who can manage the economy with far-reaching policies. He is considered a leader of the country who can order international cooperation for Sri Lanka, which is facing a serious crisis.
He entered politics in the 70’s
Ranil Wickremesinghe was born on March 24, 1949 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His father was a lawyer. So Ranil also chose advocacy as his profession after completing his studies. Ranil Wickremesinghe studied at Ceylon University in Sri Lanka. He entered politics in the 70’s after completing his law studies. He started his political career by joining the United National Party of Sri Lanka. He contested and won the Lok Sabha elections in 1977. He was later made Deputy Minister of External Affairs. He also had the opportunity to handle a number of ministries, including the Ministry of Youth and Employment.
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