Colombo, May 12: United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was on Thursday sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa administered Wickremesinghe, who has served as Prime Minister five times earlier, the oath of office.
His appointment comes amid the worst economic crisis faced by the country that has seen violent anti-government protests leading to resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Wickremesinghe accepted the post of Prime Minister after securing the support of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MPs, local media reported.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting a large number of the citizens, resulting in massive protests over the government’s handling of the situation.
On Monday, groups of pro and anti-government activists clashed in Colombo amid the state of emergency and a nationwide strike demanding the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa. The protesters set his house on fire.