Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe becomes PM for fourth time

ECONOMYNEXT – Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party (UNP) which heads Sri Lanka’s ruling alliance, was Friday sworn in as Prime Minister, his fourth term as premier.

Wickremesinghe, whose UNP emerged the party with the largest number of seats but just short of an outright majority, was sworn in as Prime Minister at the Presidential Secretariat by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Wickremesinghe is expected to form a Cabinet of ministers made up of members of his UNP as well as Sirisena loyalists in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

General secretary of the SLFP Duminda Dissanayake and general secretary of the UNP Kabir Hashim signed a memorandum of understanding on the same occasion to work together in next parliament.

Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for the third time on 9th January 2015 after Sirisena won the presidential poll.

Wickremesinghe first served as the Prime Minister from 1993 – 1994 after the assassination of President Ranasinghe Premadasa.

He was elected as Prime Minister from 2001 – 2004 when the United National Front won the general elections in 2001. (Colombo/August 21 2015)
 

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