Sri Lanka: PM Wickremesinghe takes charge, aims to end political turmoil

Sri Lanka: PM Wickremesinghe takes charge, aims to end political turmoil
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Sri Lanka welcomed its new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday. Wickremesinghe in his maiden speech said he looks forward to closer ties with India.

He also thanked India for the economic assistance that its neighbour provided to the island country.

Sri Lanka is going through the worst economic crisis since independence. The 73-year-old Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s 26th PM on Thursday.

He promised to stabilise Sri Lanka‘s debt-ridden economy with a focus to end the political turmoil.

“I want a closer relationship and I want to thank Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi,” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said, referring to the Indian economic assistance to his country.

Sri Lanka gets its 26th PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

His remarks come just after a religious ceremony was held in Columbo after he took the oath.

Since India has given more than USD 3 billion to debt-ridden Sri Lanka; these have been provided in loans, credit lines and credit swaps since January this year.

India also asserted it looked forward to working with the new Sri Lankan government.

The 73-year-old United National Party (UNP) leader became the new PM of Sri Lanka as the country was without a government since Monday.

Political turmoil erupted when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa‘s elder brother and Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as PM.

This all came after violence following an attack on the anti-government protesters by his supporters.

The new PM Wickremesinghe said his focus will be limited to tackling the economic crisis.

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