Dinesh Gunawardena Set To Be Named As Sri Lanka's New Prime Minister

Dinesh Gunawardena is all set to be Sri Lanka's new prime minister. Newly elected president Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed the crisis-hit country's next prime minister.

By Ashita Singh
Updated: Thu, 21 Jul 2022 07:34 PM IST
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Dinesh Gunawardena Set To Be Named As Sri Lanka's New Prime Minister
Dinesh Gunawardena Set To Be New Sri Lanka's PM (Pic- Reuters)

Sri Lanka's new president will appoint senior lawmaker Dinesh Gunawardena as the crisis-hit country's next prime minister, four political sources said on Thursday.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe is slated to appoint his new cabinet on Friday, a day after he was sworn into Sri Lanka's highest office following mass protests that forced predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country and resign.

The country of 22 million people has been crippled by a lack of foreign currency, triggering shortages of fuel, food and medicines as prices soar. Inflation hit an annual 59% in June, according to the statistics department.

Protesters succeeded in removing Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother, ex-premier Mahinda Rajapaksa, but many want Wickremesinghe and others they see as allies of the family gone too.

Sri Lanka received fresh diesel supplies over the weekend, and the main state-run distributor, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, will restart sales under a new rationing system from Thursday, the power and energy ministry said.

The protest movement that pushed out Rajapaksa - the first sitting Sri Lankan president to quit office - remained largely muted, despite Wickremesinghe's unpopularity among some sections of the population.

Only a handful of people were present outside the presidential secretariat on Thursday, a colonial-era building that was stormed by protesters this month along with the president's and prime minister's official residences. But some have vowed to fight on against Wickremesinghe.

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