Ranil Wickremesinghe has returned to the position of Sri Lanka’s new PM after the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa due to erupted protests on the surging economic crisis in the country. On May 12, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has only one seat in the 225-member parliament, has been given the task of managing the weak economy and controlling civil unrest. The country is looking forward to the 5-time PM’s new moves.
Ranil was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s 26th Prime Minister days after his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa was forced to resign. Before the step down of Mahinda Rajapaksa, On May 6, a state of emergency has been declared by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the country as the protest against the government rages over the streets due to the worsening economic crisis.
Ranil Wickremesinghe has served as the island nation’s prime minister four times. He was fired from the post of prime minister by then-President Maithripala Sirisena in October 2018. However, he was reinstalled by Sirisena after two months. The politician after taking charge said, he is ready to challenge the current crisis in the country and would look into the matter of eradicating the financial crisis. Meanwhile, When asked about ties with neighboring India, he said that they will “become much better” during his tenure.
Ranil Wickremesinghe is the leader of the United National Party since 1994. Earlier he served as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 1993 to 1994, 2001 to 2004, 2015 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019, and has served as Leader of the Opposition from 1994 to 2001 and from 2004 to 2015. He is entering politics in the mid-1970, and soon after he got into politics, he was first elected to Parliament from the Biyagama electorate in the 1977 parliamentary elections and was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
After he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, he became the youngest Cabinet Minister in Sri Lanka. He was appointed Leader of the Opposition in November 1994 following the assassination of Gamini Dissanayake during the campaign for the 1994 presidential election. On 8 January 2015, Wickremesinghe was appointed as prime minister by President Maithripala Sirisena, who had defeated President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 2015 presidential election. All together he ruled Srilanka as PM 5 times including the latest swearing.
The 73-year-old United National Party (UNP) leader took over as the prime minister as the country was without a government since May 9. The attack during the Mahinda’s rule triggered widespread violence against Rajapaksa loyalists, leaving nine people dead and wounding over 200 others. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said his focus was limited to tackling the economic crisis.