After the violent protests, Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from the post of Prime Minister on Monday and now Ranil Wickremesinghe has come in command once again. Ranil is known as someone who can handle the economy through far-reaching policies and at the same time he is also a master of international cooperation. Despite being the oldest party in Sri Lanka, the UNP failed to win a single seat in the 2020 parliamentary elections.
Ranil Wickremesinghe himself also lost the election from Colombo, considered a UNP stronghold.The 73-year-old leader, considered close to India, has been appointed as the 26th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa amid the country's worst economic crisis. He is widely acknowledged in political circles as a man who can manage the economy with visionary policies.
United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2022
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Ranil Wickremesinghe said he looks forward to building closer ties with India during his tenure and thanked India for financially supporting the country. Referring to India's financial assistance to his country, Wickremesinghe said, "I want close relations and I want to express my gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi." His remarks were made at a ceremony held here last night after taking oath.
India has provided Sri Lanka with a loan of more than three billion dollars since January this year. Indian delegates on Thursday also said that they look forward to working with the new Sri Lankan government formed in accordance with democratic procedures and New Delhi's commitment to the people of the island nation would remain intact.
Wickremesinghe who is also the nephew of Sri Lanka's first acting President Junius Jayawardene, was appointed Prime Minister from 1993-1994 for the first time after the assassination of President Ranasinghe Premadasa. He was also the Prime Minister from 2001-2004 when the United National Front won the general election in 2001. But he lost power in 2004, after Chandrika Kumaratunga called for early elections.
His party UNP is the oldest party in the country which failed to win a single seat in the 2020 parliamentary election. This was the first time since 1977 that his party did not get a single seat. Wickremesinghe, who contested from Colombo, a stronghold of the UNP, himself lost. Later he was able to reach the Parliament through the National List allotted to the UNP on the basis of Gross National Votes.