Mahinda Rajapaksha sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

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Mahinda Rajapaksha sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa

The decision was taken after the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today withdrew from the government. Rajapaksa replaces Ranil Wickremesinghe.

This development comes after Maithripala Sirisena’s broader political front United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) announced that it has decided to quit the current government with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP).

The decision was taken after the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today withdrew from the government. Rajapaksa replaces Ranil Wickremesinghe.

This development comes after Maithripala Sirisena’s broader political front United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) announced that it has decided to quit the current government with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP).

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday took oaths as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara said the decision to leave the government was taken at a special UPFA meeting held in the afternoon.

President and the new Prime Minister held a special meeting at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the future course of action of the new government.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera earlier stated that the Speaker of Parliament has been notified of the decision to quit the unity government.

In a dramatic political development in Sri Lanka, former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa was on Friday sworn in as the new Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena after his party abruptly quit the ruling coalition.

Visuals of the former president Rajapaksa taking oath as the premier were released to media and was shown on TV channels.

The sudden development came after Sirisena’s broader political front United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) announced that it has decided to quit the current unity government with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP).

Mahinda Amaraweera, agriculture minister and the general secretary of the UPFA, told reporters that the UPFA decision has been conveyed to Parliament.

The unity government was formed in 2015 when Sirisena was elected President with Wickremesinghe’s support, ending a nearly decade-long rule by Rajapaksa.

Sirisena, who was Rajapaksa’s minister of health, broke away from him to contest the presidential elections.

Political analysts said Sirisena’s move to install Rajapaksa as the prime minister could lead to a constitutional crisis as the 19th amendment to the Constitution would not allow the sacking of Wickremesinghe as the premier without a majority.

Rajapaksa and Sirisena combine has only 95 seats and is short of a simple majority. Wickremesinghe’s UNP has 106 seats on its own with just seven short of the majority.There was no immediate comment from Wickremesinghe or the UNP.

President Sirisena’s party withdrew from the ruling coalition after simmering tensions between him and Wickremesinghe.

The unity government was thrown into a crisis after Rajapaksa’s new party pulled off a stunning victory in local elections in February seen as a referendum on the ruling alliance.

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