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* Sri Lanka's Ranil Wickremesinghe to be appointed as Prime Minister again
Fri, Dec 14, 2018, 09:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister and leader of the majority United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe will be appointed as Prime Minister again, reports from Colombo say.

The UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will take oath as Prime Minister on Sunday at 10 am, Senior UNP MP Rajitha Senaratne has told BBC Sinhala Service.

The President Maithripala Sirisena had reportedly agreed to reinstate ousted Prime Minister in the post after a discussion with Ranil Wickremesinghe over the phone a short while ago.

Meanwhile, a new cabinet will be sworn in on Monday (17), unconfirmed reports say. The new cabinet will consist of 30 members and include six Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians.

The President had a meeting with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (13th) and has reportedly agreed at the meeting to reinstate Wickremesinghe as the prime minister.

The President removed Ranil Wickremesinghe from the post of Prime Minister on October 26th and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister plunging the country into an unprecedented crisis.

The controversially appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today has decided to resign from his post following the Supreme Court's refusal to stay an Appeal Court interim injunction against him and his cabinet from functioning as a government.

 

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