Sri Lanka Crisis : Ranil Wickremesinghe became the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister on Monday following violent protests.
Ranil Wickremesinghe has become the new Prime Minister in Sri Lanka, which is facing the worst economic crisis since its independence. He is known as someone who can handle the economy through far-reaching policies and achieve international cooperation.
The President had in-camera talks with Ranil Wickremesinghe before his address to the nation on Wednesday night. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the 73-year-old leader of the United National Party (UNP), Sri Lanka's oldest party, has been the country's prime minister for four terms. In October 2018, the then President Maithripala Sirisena sacked him from the post of Prime Minister, but two months later, Sirisena reinstated him as the Prime Minister.
In October 2018, the then President Maithripala Sirisena sacked him from the post of Prime Minister, but two months later, Sirisena reinstated him as the Prime Minister. According to sources, members of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the main opposition party Samagi Jana Balvegaya (SJB) and several other parties have decided to support Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa tweeted on Thursday that parliament would consider abolishing the executive presidential system. This move will curb their powers. This is one of the main demands of the opposition. Presidential system of government is in force in the country since 1978.