Protests continue as Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oath as the new PM of Sri Lanka

12 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

Sri Lanka, which is already dealing with a severe economic crisis, was thrown into upheaval on Monday when Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned, thus nullifying the elected administration.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has named experienced political leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to succeed him as Prime Minister of the crisis-hit island nation. The President, who announced in a speech to the country yesterday that a Prime Minister and his cabinet would be installed this week, administered the oath of office to the 73-year-old.

Mr Wickremesinghe, the country’s largest opposition party, appeared to be the only alternative after the country’s main opposition party refused to join a government led by a member of the Rajapaksa clan.

The United National Party is led by Wickremesinghe. The party’s breakaway SJB section currently serves as the main opposition force.