Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: In the midst of a severe economic crisis, Sri Lanka’s new PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has promised that he will do his best to lift the country’s troubled economy. “I have accepted the challenge to lift the economy and I have to meet it,” he said. About India-Sri Lanka ties, the PM said, “It will get much better.” Regarding the people protesting on the streets of the country, the PM said, “They should stay, we want them to stop, if they want to talk, we are ready.”

Let us tell you that on Thursday evening, the Leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the country. A few days ago, Mahinda Rajapaksa had resigned from the post of Prime Minister after violent clashes in the wake of the deteriorating economic situation of the country.

United National Party (UNP) leader Wickremesinghe, 73, was appointed prime minister by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Earlier, both had a closed room conversation on Wednesday.

Has been PM of the country four times
Wickremesinghe, a four-time Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, was removed from the post of Prime Minister by the then President Maithripala Sirisena in October 2018. However, only two months later, Sirisena reinstated him to this post.

Party has only one seat in Parliament
Interestingly, those party UNP is the oldest party in the country but could not win a single seat in the 2020 parliamentary elections. Even Wickremesinghe lost the election from Colombo, a stronghold of the UNP. Later he could reach the Parliament through the National List allotted to the UNP on the basis of Gross National Votes.

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