Sri Lanka’s new president is sworn in amid the worst economic crisis in history

Sri Lanka's new president is sworn in amid the worst economic crisis in history

Veteran politician Ranil Wickramasinghe was sworn in as the new president of Sri Lanka amid the worst economic crisis in its history. A day later, he urged the nation of the peninsular nation to show unity and solidarity to overcome its worst economic crisis in decades. who fled Sri Lanka after widespread protests over his failure to manage the economy and resigned last week.
The swearing-in ceremony was held in Parliament and the Chief Justice of the country presided over the ceremony. There is also a severe shortage of fuel and medicine. The Ministry of Power and Energy said Sri Lanka had received a fresh batch of diesel and the state distributor, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, resumed sales under the new rationing system from Thursday. will do The protest movement that ousted former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from power remained largely silent on Wickremesinghe’s election, despite his unpopularity with the public. There were only a few people outside the Presidential Secretariat, a colonial-era building that Earlier this month, the official residences of the president and prime minister were stormed by a sea of ​​protesters.
But a few protesters expressed their determination to continue protesting against the newly elected President Ranil Wickramasinghe. A citizen among those protesting in front of the Presidential Secretariat said that we will not give up, the country needs a complete change of system. We want to get rid of these corrupt politicians and that is why we are trying and protesting. Hours after winning the parliamentary vote, the newly elected President Ranil Wickremesinghe appeared to be distancing himself from the powerful Rajapaksa family, which many He has dominated Sri Lankan politics for decades. He was talking to reporters after worshiping at a temple in the commercial capital of Colombo yesterday that he is not a friend of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, I am a friend of the people of the country. Wickremesinghe, who previously served as Prime Minister and Finance Minister under Gotaya Rajapakse, himself negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IFF) to secure a bailout package of up to $3 billion for the country. Sri Lanka, which is suffering from an economic crisis, has been involved in the talks with neighboring countries India, China and other countries Help is also sought from partners.

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