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Sri Lanka: Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oath as PM after SC verdict on crisis

His appointment comes hours after former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena, resigned Saturday

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Ranil Wickremesinghe. Photo: Twitter @RW_UNP
Ranil Wickremesinghe. Photo: Twitter @RW_UNP

leader was sworn in as the on Sunday, ending a 51-day power tussle in the island nation that had crippled the government.

Wickremesinghe was administered the oath of office by President Maithripala Sirisen at a simple ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat here.

His appointment comes hours after former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena, resigned Saturday, paving way for the return of Wickremesinghe as premier.

President Sirisena had sacked Wickremesinghe on October 26, in a controversial move which plunged the island nation into an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

Sirisena agreed to reinstate Minister Wickremesinghe in the post after a discussion with him over the phone on Friday.

First Published: Sun, December 16 2018. 11:45 IST
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