Friday saw the appointment of senior leader Dinesh Gunawardena as Sri Lanka‘s new prime minister. On Friday, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the new president of Sri Lanka, swore in his cabinet. During the administration of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Gunawardena was appointed Home Minister in April. As well as being a minister of education, he has also been a minister of foreign affairs.
In the wake of Wickremesinghe’s election as President, the prime ministerial position fell vacant. On Thursday, Wickremesinghe—who has served as prime minister six times—was elected as the nation’s eighth president. In order to lift the country out of its unparalleled economic crisis, he has urged all parties to cooperate.
Up until the start of the Parliamentary session, the previous cabinet will continue to serve in that capacity. There will then be a cabinet reshuffle. Wickremesinghe will establish an all-party government, according to officials. On Wednesday, MPs chose Wickremesinghe, a six-time prime minister, to be president.
It is now anticipated that the continuing discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a relief plan for cash-strapped Sri Lanka will continue after Wickremesinghe was elected president. A group of protestors who have been camped out in front of the prime minister’s official mansion since April announced they were ceasing their demonstrations in the meantime.
Dinesh Gunawardena was elected to Parliament in 1983 from the Colombo suburb of Maharagama, and he led the opposition until 1994. In 2000, Gunawardena was first appointed to the government. Up until 2015, he held key positions in the cabinet. Following the detention of numerous people and the dispersal of protesters camped out near Rashtrapati Bhavan by Sri Lankan security forces, Gunawardena was appointed.