Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who was once sacked from the post of prime minister in October, was sworn in again on Sunday by President Maithripala Sirisena, a move that ended a nearly two-month political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal.

Wickremesinghe, who is also the leader of the ruling United National Party (UNP), took his oath of office at the Presidential Secretariat in the capital of Colombo, as hundreds of his supporters gathered outside, a news agency reported.

UNP lawmakers told reporters that Wickremesinghe’s appointment had restored democracy in the country and the new government would now work towards strengthening the economy and unveiling new proposals.

Sri Lanka had been in a state of political turmoil after Ranil Wickremesinghe was suddenly sacked from his post in October and was replaced by former President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Sunday’s move came after Mahinda Rajapakse stepped down as prime minister.

A new cabinet under President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is expected to be sworn in on Monday.