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Ranil Wickremesinghe :A six-time Prime Minister, has been elected President of Sri Lanka.


Our divisions have ended,” Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a brief acceptance speech to parliament.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s six-time prime minister, was overwhelmingly elected president on Wednesday to replace Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country and resigned last week.

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Ranil Wickremesinghe got 134 votes in a three-cornered parliamentary vote, with his main opponent Dullas Alahapperuma receiving 82 and leftist Anura Dissanayake receiving only three, giving him an absolute majority on first preferences.

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“Our divisions are now over,” Ranil Wickremesinghe said during his acceptance address in parliament, encouraging Alahapperuma to “join me and work together to lift the country out of the situation we are experiencing.”

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He stated that he wanted to be sworn in later Wednesday in a small ceremony within the heavily secured parliament building.

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With his ascent to the top office, the present cabinet will be dissolved, and he will appoint a prime minister to create a new cabinet.

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Speaker Mahinda Abeywardana said the world’s attention was focused on the Sri Lankan assembly as it picked a leader to fulfill the remainder of Rajapaksa’s tenure, which ends in November 2024.

“This is a historic session, not only for parliament but the entire country,” Abeywardana said. “The eyes of the world are on us today as we elect a new president.”

 

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