New Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe inducts 4 ministers into cabinet; Peirce remains foreign minister
Ranil Wickremesinghe inducted four ministers into his cabinet on Saturday, including GL Peiris as foreign minister, as the country’s new prime minister called for government formation to focus efforts on rebuilding the economy. sought to be completed. According to the Daily Mirror, Dinesh Gunawardene was sworn in as Minister of Public Administration, Paris as Minister of External Affairs, Prasanna Ranatunga as Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Kanchana Wijesekara as Minister of Power and Energy.
Piris Mahindra was also the Foreign Minister in the former cabinet led by Rajapaksa. Government sources said Wickremesinghe’s cabinet is expected to be limited to less than 20, the report said.
Sri Lanka’s ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party has decided to extend significant support to Wickremesinghe, who has just one seat in parliament, to help him prove a majority in the house. Most opposition parties in Sri Lanka announced that they would not join the interim government led by Wickremesinghe.
The 73-year-old United National Party (UNP) leader was appointed as Sri Lanka’s 26th Prime Minister on Thursday after the country has not had a government since Monday, when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elder brother and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked an attack. After the violence broke out, he had resigned. On anti-government protesters by their supporters. He wrote a letter to Sajith Premadasa, leader of the main opposition Samagi Jana Balvegaya (SJB), in which he urged his party to immediately resolve the burning issues facing the people and to stabilize the country economically, politically and socially through them. Invited to support the joint effort undertaken. receiving foreign aid. Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis in post-independence history.
Sri Lanka’s economic crisis has provoked widespread protests calling for political reform and the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The government has made several arrests and repeatedly imposed curfews. The political crisis began in late March when people hurt by prolonged power cuts and essential shortages took to the streets demanding the government’s resignation.
President Rajapaksa dismissed his cabinet and appointed a youth cabinet in response to demands for his resignation. There has been a continuous sit-in in front of his secretariat for more than a month. On Monday, his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister to give the president a way to appoint an interim all political party government. Wickremesinghe was appointed as the new Prime Minister of the country on Thursday.
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