Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as Sri Lanka's next Prime Minister


Posted on 12 May 2022


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Sri Lanka's senior political leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the island nation's next Prime Minister. The President, who announced in a speech to the country yesterday that a Prime Minister and his cabinet would be established this week. With the nation's main opposition party refusing to join a government led by a Rajapaksa family member, Mr Wickremesinghe, the country's four-time Prime Minister, appeared to be the only alternative. The United National Party is led by Mr Wickremesinghe. The party's breakaway SJB section currently serves as the main opposition group. Already beset by the worst economic crisis since independence, Sri Lanka was thrown into upheaval on Monday when Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned, effectively deposing the elected government. Anti-government protestors also want President Rajapaksa to resign, and the Speaker's Office said the Lankan parliament will discuss a no-confidence motion against the President on May 17.


Key Points


  • Sri Lanka's senior political leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the island nation's next Prime Minister.

  • Anti-government protestors also want President Rajapaksa to resign, and the Speaker's Office said the Lankan parliament will discuss a no-confidence motion against the President on May 17.

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