Ranil Wickramasinghe sworn-in as new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka; new cabinet next week

Aug 21, 2015 (LBO) – National Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickramasinghe was sworn-in as new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago.

A memorandum of understanding between the General Secretary of SLFP, Duminda Dissanayake, and General Secretary of the UNP, Kabir Hashim, was also signed to work together in the 8th Parliament.

This was the fourth time Wickramasinghe was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

The Wickramasinghe-led coalition won 106 seats in the recently concluded general election, just seven seats short of a simple majority in the 225-member Parliament.

Ranil Wickremasinghe who contested from the Colombo District in the election secured 500,506 votes, which is the highest number of votes polled by a candidate in Sri Lanka’s elections history.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa also attended the swearing in ceremoney. He was seated near Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s wife.

Meanwhile Deputy Minister Ajith P Perera told Lanka Business Online that they are currently holding discussions to appoint a new cabinet next week.

“Discussions are still underway, so most probably it will be on Monday,” Perera said.

As per sources, there is an attempt to appoint several defeated candidates back to the Parliament through the national list of the SLFP while also giving them ministerial posts and deputy ministerial posts.

Meanwhile, the 196 members elected to parliament has been published in a gazette notification. (Gazette Here)

New Prime Minister swore into office at the Presidential Secretariat a while ago.

New Prime Minister swore into office at the Presidential Secretariat a while ago.