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Sri Lanka appoints new PM amid ongoing crisis

Ranil Wickremesinghe is the new Sri Lankan PM. Wickremesinghe has held the post 5 times before.

Where: Sri Lanka

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On Thursday, Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
This term will be Wickremesinghe’s sixth term as Prime Minister of the country, coming amid a time of escalating political and economic crises.
Wickremesinghe, 73, replaces Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned just days ago after his supporters attacked anti-government protestors who had been peacefully protesting.
Wickremesinghe’s appointment has been criticized as an arrogant response by the president due to the duo’s close relations.
Former PM Rajapaksa is President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elder brother.

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