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Amidst huge ruckus in crisis-hit Sri Lanka, Dinesh Gunawardena appointed as new Prime Minister

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Colombo: Amid huge political turmoil in crisis-hit Sri Lanka, veteran politician Dinesh Gunawardene, a classmate of Sri Lanka’s new President Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Public Administration Minister, will now be made the Prime Minister. According to a Reuters report, soon President Wickremesinghe may administer the oath of office to him. Wickremesinghe may also announce the new cabinet on Friday.

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Let us inform that after the protests in Sri Lanka, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country. After this, Wickremesinghe got the highest number of votes in the Parliament elections and he was elected President.

Gunawardena’s appointment comes a day after six-time prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the country’s new president.

A stalwart of Sri Lankan politics, 73-year-old Gunawardene previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Education. He was appointed as the Home Minister in April by the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa made Wickremesinghe prime minister after the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa. After Gotabaya’s escape, the speaker made him acting president for a few days. Sajith Premadasa, the leader of the opposition in Sri Lanka, has appealed to India for help several times. He said that he also met President Wickremesinghe and discussed how to get the country out of this crisis. Taking care of humanity, we will extend our support to the government to bring people out of trouble.

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Let us tell you that Sri Lanka is going through an economic crisis. Due to depleting foreign exchange reserves, imports have become difficult for Sri Lanka. In such a situation, the public is facing shortage of food grains to petrol and diesel. For this reason, the angry public forced Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee.

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