Sri Lanka Gets Acting President

Sri Lankans have sworn in their Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as their acting President.

This comes on the back of the departure of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled Sri Lanka amid economic turmoil, street protests, and demonstrations.

The process of parliament electing a new president will begin on Saturday, with MPs expected to take a vote on 20 July.

After being sworn in as interim leader, Mr. Wickremesinghe promised to act quickly to put a democratically elected president in place.

“I will take immediate steps to establish the rule of law and peace in the country. I accept 100% the right to peaceful protests. But some are trying to do acts of sabotage,” he reportedly said.

The process of parliament electing a new president will begin tomorrow, with MPs likely to take a vote in a week’s time.

Given the governing party has a majority, MPs are expected to back Mr. Wickremesinghe, who has close links with the Rajapaksa family.

But whether Sri Lanka’s public would accept this is another matter because Mr. Wickremesinghe’s resignation as Prime Minister was a key demand of protestors.

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