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Dec. 18, 2018

Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka's prime minister, making a remarkable comeback weeks after being ousted by President Maithripala Sirisena under controversial circumstances.

Main point

  • Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister, resulting in a constitutional crisis in Lanka. Most of the countries in the world did not recognize the Rajapaksa government.
  • Wickremesinghe political party UNP formed the government in 2015 with the support of Sirisena's party. Then Rajapaksa had to go out of power.
  • On 26, October the United Front government led by Vikramsinghe withdrew support from Sirisena, which led to a minority government.
  • Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26October,
  • According to UNP Secretary General Akila Viraj Kariyavasam, the new Cabinet will be constituted within two days.
  • Wickremesinghe has taken oath of office for the fifth time Sri Lanka, but before that, he has not been able to complete his term once before.