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Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as new president of Sri Lanka

Ranil Wickremesinghe is the new president of Sri Lanka. Photo via @RW_UNP

Colombo, Sri Lanka | Xinhua | Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected as the new president of Sri Lanka in an election held in parliament on Wednesday.

Soon after winning the election, Wickremesinghe addressed the parliament, calling 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.

Other two candidates parliamentarian of the 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.

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