Sri Lanka Presidential election: Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as the new President of Sri Lanka

Publish Date: 20 Jul, 2022
Sri Lanka Presidential election: Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as the new President of Sri Lanka

Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected the new President of Sri Lanka. MPs have made him their new president. Wickremesinghe is currently serving as the acting President of Sri Lanka. Ranil Wickremesinghe got 134 votes and was elected the new President of Sri Lanka. Raniv Wickremesinghe was made acting President from Prime Minister after Gotabaya fled the country.

Other contenders

Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has given new hope to the people by winning this election. The contest for the President's post was between Ranil Wickremesinghe, Dallas Alahapperuma and Anura Kumara Dissanayake, leader of the Left-wing Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.

Former PM Mahinda Rajapakse was also present in the Parliament today. Heavy security was seen outside the Sri Lankan Parliament ahead of the presidential election. All parties instructed their MPs to click pictures of their votes.

Wickremesinghe got 134 votes

For the first time in 44 years, direct presidential elections were held in Sri Lanka's parliament today. Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe along with Dullas Alhapparuma and Anura Kumara Disanayake were also in the race for the presidential election. The majority in the 225-member house had to get the support of 113. 16 votes were required for Ranil Wickremesinghe. Wickremesinghe had confidence in at least nine of the 12 votes of the Tamil party. Wickremesinghe got 134 votes.

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