Ranil Wickremesinghe Elected the New President of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Crisis Live: The Sri Lankan Parliament Wednesday voted interim president Ranil Wickremesinghe as the next President of the crisis-hit country. He won 134 of the total 219 votes that were found valid. Following his victory, Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka was in a difficult situation and that there were significant challenges ahead, said a Reuters report.

The other candidates in the fray were ruling-party lawmaker Dullas Alahapperuma, and leader of the leftist Janatha Vimukti Peramuna party Anura Kumara Dissanayaka. Wickremesinghe’s rise to power is remarkable. He ran unsuccessfully for President twice before but secured enough votes among lawmakers despite controlling just one seat — as leader of the United National Party (UNP), reported Reuters.

Meanwhile, the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, said that India will help Sri Lanka to make an “early and effective” economic recovery. To that effect, India, which has helped Sri Lanka with almost $4 billion in aid, would, “going forward,” like to bring in “more investment” to help the country build capacities to respond to the economic challenges, Baglay said.


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