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Sri Lanka Crisis: New PM may be announced in Sri Lanka today, 5 times former Prime Minister is in the forefront of the race

Violent protests against the government in Sri Lanka

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There is no government in the country for the last two days after the resignation of the President’s elder brother and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. After his resignation, the way for an interim government has been paved. Now as the new PM of the country, the five-time former Prime Minister is being considered as the biggest contender for this post.

Today is going to be important for Sri Lanka, which is facing double crisis economically and politically in the country, as it is believed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will announce the name of the new Prime Minister on Thursday. Following the refusal of Samagi Jan Balvegaya leader Sajith Premadasa to take over as the new prime minister, it is now being expected that former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is the frontrunner for the post.

Earlier on Wednesday, crisis-ridden President Gotabaya Rajapaksa refused to step down on Wednesday but said he would appoint a new prime minister and cabinet this week that would introduce constitutional reforms. Due to the serious economic crisis in the country, there are widespread demonstrations against the government. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned from the post of Prime Minister in the midst of a dire financial crisis, is under security at a naval base in view of the attack on his close friends.

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There is no government in the country for the last two days after the resignation of the President’s elder brother and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. After his resignation, the way for an interim government has been paved. Now as the new PM of the country, five-time former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is being considered as the biggest contender for this post. If Wickremesinghe’s name is proposed, he will likely head a ‘unity’ government with cross-party support in the 225-member Sri Lankan parliament.

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