Sri Lanka: PM Wickremesinghe reinstated after weeks of crisis

Sri Lanka’s president has reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off weeks of political stalemate.
Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) said on its official Twitter account that the deposed leader took oath before President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday.
His reinstatement is an embarrassment for Sirisena, who had replaced him with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in October following bitter personal differences and disagreement over policymaking.
However, Rajapaksa failed to win a parliamentary majority and resigned on Saturday as a government shutdown loomed.
Sirisena had vowed to never reappoint Wickremesinghe – who he publicly castigated in speeches in recent weeks – as prime minister under his watch.
Following his oath-taking ceremony, Wickremesinghe thanked “everyone who stood firm in defending the constitution and ensuring the triumph of democracy”.
In a Twitter post, he described his reinstatement as “a victory for Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions and the sovereignty of our citizens”.
Hundreds of UNP members gathered at the prime minister’s official residence to celebrate Wickremesinghe’s return to office.
Addressing his supporters, the newly appointed prime minister said: “Our first objective is to return the country to normalcy and to restart the developmental process again … We want to develop the country.”
Rajapaksa’s son, Namal, a legislator, also congratulated the reinstated prime minister in a Twitter post.
“I hope at least now he will towards ensuring the sovereignty of this country and more so address issues of our people more than Western interests,” he said.
There was no immediate comment from Sirisena
Aljazeera

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