Wickremesinghe officially holds the Presidency of Sri Lanka | News
Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as president of Sri Lanka on Thursday after being elected by Parliament after the resignation of former president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the face of strong popular protests.
Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as President of Sri Lanka
According to the Presidency press office, Wickremesinghe “was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s eighth chief executive at the parliamentary complex before Sri Lankan Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya.”
The former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka obtained 134 votes in favor of the total of 225 in Parliament, against Dullas Alahapperuma and Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, who reached 82 and three supports, respectively.
After being elected by the assembly body, the former Sri Lankan prime minister thanked “everyone who contributed to maintaining democracy in the country” during the meeting.
The 73-year-old politician will hold the presidential position until 2024, when Rajapaksa’s mandate expires, in the midst of a context marked by a severe economic and social crisis.
Previous cabinet of ministers will be sworn in tomorrow to restart the stalled work. This cabinet will function till a national govt is agreed upon in a week and the cabinet will then be reshuffled.
Dinesh Gunawarden likely to take oaths as PM tomorrow morning.#SriLanka
— Jamila Husain (@Jamz5251)
July 21, 2022
According to press reports, a significant part of the citizenry has expressed its rejection of Wickremesinghe’s swearing-in, since they consider him an extension of the head of state forced to resign.
Accordingly, the current President, who has been Prime Minister for six times, has been publicly distancing himself from his predecessor by expressing that “I am not a friend of the Rajapaksas. I am a friend of the people.”