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Nothing to do with anti-Prez move in Sri Lanka: Ranil Wickremesinghe

13/05/2022 at 7:58 PM

New Delhi, May 13: The newly sworn Prime Minister of crisis-hit Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday pledged to uplift the economy of the nation.

However, he said that the government won’t interfere in the protest against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at all.

“I have faced the challenge of uplifting the economy, and I must fulfill it,” the new PM said in his first remarks after taking over the post.

Throwing his weight behind the ‘Galleface Colomboprotest Agitation'(GotaGoGama) protest, the PM said, “Police would not do anything to them, and the struggle must continue.”

The United National Party leader also said he will prove his majority in the Parliament and that no decision has been made as yet regarding the number of Cabinet Ministers

Asked by the media as to how he will get the support as only one member from UNP is represented in the Parliament, Wickremesinghe said, “(UK’s ex-PM) Churchill had only 4 members backing him in 1939, how did he become the PM? Because of the crisis. I have done the same.”

This is the sixth time Wickremesinghe has been appointed to the office. Notably, the 73-year-old has never finished a full term.

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