released in Sri Lanka Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, who holds only one seat in the country’s 225-member Parliament between the economic crisis and the political crisis, can become the next Prime Minister of the country. Such a claim was made in the news on Thursday amid a major economic crisis in the country. The 73-year-old United National Party (UNP) leader spoke to President Gotabaya Rajapakse on Wednesday and is likely to meet him again on Thursday. ‘Colombo Page’ newspaper published this news.
Wickremesinghe, a four-time Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, was removed from the post of Prime Minister by the then President Maithripala Sirisena in October 2018. However, after two months, Sirisena again made him the Prime Minister.
According to political sources, the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), a faction of the opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) and several other parties have expressed their support to prove Wickremesinghe’s majority in Parliament, the paper wrote.
According to the news, Wickremesinghe may be sworn in as the new Prime Minister on Thursday or Friday.
UNP President V Abeywardena exuded confidence that once Wickremesinghe is sworn in as the new prime minister, he will get a majority.
The country’s oldest party, the UNP, won only one seat in the last parliamentary election in 2020.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in his televised message to the nation late on Wednesday, refused to step down but promised the formation of a new prime minister and youth cabinet this week.