Fri. Apr 19th, 2019

Ousted Sri Lanka prime minister reinstated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe during their meeting at Hyderabad House, New Delhi on Tuesday. Express Photo by Renuka Puri. 15.09.2015.

Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as prime minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, local media said on Sunday, likely ending a political crisis that began in late October when he was ousted in a surprise decision.

Wickremesinghe was sworn in around 11.15am (4.15 GMT), which was considered as an auspicious time for Wickremesinghe, who took over the post for the fifth time.

The South Asian island country had plunged into instability after Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was then twice sacked by parliament. Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday as a government shutdown loomed.