Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oath as Sri Lanka's prime minister at Presidential Secretariat in Colombo

Colombo: United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the prime minister of Sri Lanka on Sunday, ending a 51-day power tussle in the island nation that had crippled the government.

File image of former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Getty images

File image Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Getty images

Wickremesinghe was administered the oath of office by President Maithripala Sirisena at a simple ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.

His appointment comes hours after former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena, resigned on Saturday, paving way for the return of Wickremesinghe as premier.

Sirisena had sacked Wickremesinghe on 26 October, in a controversial move which plunged the island nation into an unprecedented constitutional crisis. Sirisena agreed to reinstate Wickremesinghe in the post after a discussion with him over the phone on Friday.

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Updated Date: Dec 16, 2018 14:48:53 IST

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