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Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as new president of Sri Lanka

Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been elected as the new President of Sri Lanka in an election held in parliament on Wednesday. After winning the…

Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been elected as the new President of Sri Lanka in an election held in parliament on Wednesday.

After winning the election, Wickremesinghe addressed the parliament.

The newly elected president called on all legislators including the opposition parliamentarians to unite and work together with him to lead Sri Lanka out of the current economic crisis.

Wickremesinghe got 134 votes from parliamentarians in a secret ballot that took place in parliament.

Out of 225 parliamentarians, 223 voted in the ballot and there were four invalid votes.

A parliamentarian of Sri Lanka, Podujana Peramuna Dullas Alahapperuma, and National People’s Power leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, got 82 votes and three votes, respectively.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned from the post of president last week following massive protests amid a severe economic crisis in the South Asian country.

Following his resignation, Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced that Wickremesinghe, who was the prime minister then, was appointed acting president. (Xinhua/NAN)