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Six-time PM Wickremesinghe wins Sri Lanka presidency

Ranil Wickremesinghe gestures to supporters on this file picture by AFP

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s six-time prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was on Wednesday overwhelmingly elected as president to exchange Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the crisis-wracked nation and resigned final week.

Official outcomes confirmed Wickremesinghe polled 134 votes in a three-cornered parliamentary vote, together with his most important opponent Dullas Alahapperuma getting 82 and leftist Anura Dissanayake simply three — giving him an absolute majority on first preferences.

“Our divisions at the moment are over,” Wickremesinghe mentioned in a quick acceptance speech in parliament, inviting Alahapperuma “to hitch me and work collectively to convey the nation out of the disaster we face”.

He mentioned he hoped to be sworn in later Wednesday at a easy ceremony inside the tightly guarded parliament constructing.

With the elevation of the 73-year-old to the highest job, the present cupboard mechanically stands dissolved and he’ll select a chief minister to kind a brand new cupboard.

Speaker Mahinda Abeywardana mentioned the eye of the world was centered on the Sri Lankan legislature because it elected a frontrunner to serve the stability interval of Rajapaksa´s time period ending November 2024.

“It is a historic session, not just for parliament however your complete nation,” Abeywardana mentioned. “The eyes of the world are on us at this time as we elect a brand new president.”

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