My aim is to save Sri Lanka, not a 'person or family': PM Wickremesinghe

US dollars will be sourced from open markets to pay for petrol and crude, says veteran politician.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka PM
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Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka PM

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Sri Lanka's newly-appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday warned that next two months would be the toughest and said his aim is to save the country from the ongoing economic crisis, and not a person, family or group, in an apparent reference to the Rajapaksa family and its former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In his first televised address to the nation after becoming the prime minister last week, the 73-year-old United National Party (UNP) leader also said that US dollars will be sourced from open markets to pay for petrol, crude, furnace oil shipments currently in Sri Lankan waters.

Wickremesinghe was appointed

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First Published: May 16 2022 | 7:13 PM IST

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