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Wickremesinghe won't be made PM even if he gets majority: Lankan president

Sri Lanka has been embroiled in a constitutional crisis since October 26, when Sirisena unexpectedly fired Wickremesinghe, who had served since 2015 in a unity government with the president

Maithripala Sirisena
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena | Photo: AP/PTI

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he definitely won’t reappoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister even if the ousted leader were able to show a majority in the island’s legislature. Contrasting leadership styles and Wickremesinghe’s habit of unilateral decision-making make it impossible to work toward uplifting the economy, Sirisena told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association in Colombo Sunday. Wickremesinghe has a neo-liberal economic view that Sirisena doesn’t agree with, the president said. Sirisena said he would be willing ...