Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oath as Sri Lanka's prime minister at Presidential Secretariat in Colombo
Ranil Wickremesinghe was administered the oath of office by President Maithripala Sirisena at a simple ceremony held at the 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.
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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The ferry was travelling from Kurinchakeni to the town of Kinniya. It was in operation due to the construction delays of the new bridge being built in the area