Celebration In Colombo As Ranil Wins

Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected Sri Lanka’s new president by the country’s parliament on Wednesday, July 20, following a high-voltage political drama which saw his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa fleeing the country on July 14 and resigning office on July 15.

The 73-year-old six-time former prime minister secured 134 votes in the 225-member House while his nearest rival and dissident ruling party leader Dullas Alahapperuma got 82.

President Wickremesinghe will have a mandate to serve out the rest of Gotabaya’s term, which ends in November 2024.

This is the first time in 44 years that Sri Lanka’s parliament has directly elected a president.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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