Will Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithripala Sirisena reunite for the betterment of Sri Lanka? For Now, Ranil Wickremesinghe was once again sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday, likely ending a political crisis that began in late October when he was ousted in a surprise decision.
Wickremesinghe Takes Oath As Sri Lankan Prime Minister
Ranil Wickremesinghe was once again sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday, likely ending a political crisis that began in late October when he was ousted in a surprise decision.
Wickremesinghe was sworn in around 11:15 a.m. (0415 GMT), which was considered as an auspicious time for Wickremesinghe, who took over the post for the fifth time, according to local media.
The South Asian island country had plunged into instability after Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was then twice sacked by parliament. Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday as a government shutdown loomed.
Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on October 26 and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place, in a controversial move which plunged the island nation into a constitutional crisis. Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday after two crucial Supreme Court decisions made his efforts to cling to premiership untenable, paving the way for the return of 69-year-old Wickremesinghe who had refused to step down asserting that his sacking was illegal.
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UNP deputy leader Sajith Premadasa said that he was not surprised that the President had agreed to appoint Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister again despite taking a firm position earlier that he will not appoint Wickremesinghe.
“This showed the true character of the President,” he was quoted as saying by the Colombo Gazette. Premadasa said that the President was “misled by some groups who were against the unity Government” and this resulted in the President removing Wickremesinghe.
“But now the truth has prevailed,” he said. “The party is prepared to work with Sirisena again in the government,” he said. Premadasa said, “The lessons from the incident must be used to strengthen the foundation of democracy and promote justice and fairness.” UNP General Secretary MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said the new Cabinet will be appointed within two days.