In a dramatic turn of events, #RanilWickremesinghe was appointed the 26th PM of #SriLanka by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on May 12. Wickremesinghe, 73, has been PM 5 times before but his United National Party now has just one MP in the 225-member parliament. #SriLankaCrisis
Sri Lanka's veteran political leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed the next Prime Minister of the crisis-hit island nation by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The 73-year-old was administered the oath of office by the President, who in an address to the nation yesterday, declared that a Prime Minister and his cabinet will be put in place this week.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on April 5 revoked the state of Emergency with immediate effect on his island nation. On April 1, President Rajapaksa has declared a public emergency amidst a spate of protests over the worst economic crisis in the country. Despite public anger Sri Lanka President will not be resigning, the government's whip has told parliament. The declaration defies calls from the public and political opponents for Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down amid the country's economic crisis.
A new Sri Lankan Cabinet is expected to be sworn in as part of the government's bid to tackle the raging public anger against the ongoing economic crisis. On April 3rd night, all 26 ministers submitted letters of resignation to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The island nation has seen widespread public anger against the government for its mishandling of the worst economic crisis.
At least 45 people were arrested and a curfew briefly imposed in most parts of Colombo city after hundreds of protesters gathered outside the residence of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa demanding his resignation for failing to address the worst economic crisis in the island nation. A foreign exchange crunch in Sri Lanka has led to a shortage of essential goods such as fuel,cooking gas, and power cuts that last up to 13 hours a day.