Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lankan prime minister

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In a dramatic development in Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa was on Friday sworn in as the new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The sudden development came after Sirisena’s political front United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) quit the alliance with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP). Meanwhile, Wickremesinghe termed the move as “unconstitutional” and vowed to prove his majority in Parliament.

For the past many days, tension was growing between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe were on several policy matters and the President has been critical of the Prime Minister and his policies, especially on economy and security.

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