Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new PM

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21st November, 2019 04:29:52 printer

Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new PM

 

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Prime Minister on Thursday, reports AP.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as prime minister his brother and the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, capping a victorious return to power of the brothers credited with a military victory over Tamil rebels but also implicated in human rights violations.

Ranil Wickremesinghe stepped down as prime minister earlier Thursday to clear the way for the president to form his government.

Wickremesinghe said in a statement that he was quitting despite having a parliamentary majority, respecting the mandate Gotabaya Rajapaksa received in last Saturday’s presidential election.

 


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