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Sri Lanka’s Parliament elects Ranil Wickremesinghe as new president to help devastated economy

Sri Lankan lawmakers chose Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as president to succeed Gotabaya Rajapaksa who fled the country and resigned by email amid a major economic crisis.

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Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected president of Sri Lanka on Wednesday, after the former leader fled the nation over protests over a massive economic crisis.

Wickremesinghe, 73, will now take over as president from Gotabaya Rajapaksa after he was elected in a secret ballot on Wednesday. His tenure will finish in 2024.

After his victory, he declared, “I need not tell you the status our country is in.” “Since the election is finished, we need to put an end to the discord. In the past 48 hours, we’ve kept to ourselves, but today I’m ready to talk to you “Furthermore, he urged political harmony.

He will now endeavor to determine the root causes of the unrest in the country, which are said to include economic and humanitarian issues.

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When the President of Sri Lanka fled the country, protesters erupted in a raging storm. EMERGENCY DECLARATION AND PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE

Parliamentary session was launched by Secretary-General Dhammika Dasanayake on Wednesday morning, during which lawmakers were admonished by Dasanayake not to make public or photograph their ballots.

Wickremesinghe, Dullas Alahapperuma, a former government minister and spokesman, and Anura Dissanayake, a Marxist candidate, were all considered to be frontrunners in the presidential contest.

To help stabilize a country in the midst of its greatest economic crisis in living memory, Rajapaksa chose Wickremesinghe prime minister in May. After Rajapaksa resigned through email last week and fled the country, Wickremesinghe took over as interim president.

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The President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka are resigning after protesters stormed their homes and burned them down.

In spite of being considered as a holdover from the controversial Rajapaksa administration, which drove the country into an economic calamity, Wickremesinghe, a seasoned politician, won 134 votes. A group of protesters could be heard chanting outside the president’s home when the election results came in.

Finance Minister Wickremesinghe has promised to decentralize some federal responsibilities and reform the government.

Former government spokesman and populist contender Alahapperuma, 63, received 78 votes. The 53-year-old Dissanayake, who stood for president in 2019 before losing, garnered three votes.

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All 225 members of Parliament were allowed to cast ballots, and the results were promptly announced.

In most cases, the citizens of Sri Lanka will vote for their next president. If the presidency becomes vacant before to the conclusion of a term, Parliament must fill the void.

While the government negotiates a bailout with the International Monetary Fund, the country’s 22 million citizens are facing shortages of medicine, fuel, and food.

This report includes information from the Associated Press.

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