Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lankan prime minister

Colombo: Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday took oath as the new prime minister of the island nation after Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from his post. Rajapaksa is the elder brother of the newly-elected President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He will function as the prime minister of the caretaker cabinet until the general election in August 2020.He had earlier served as the country’s president from 2005-2015, becoming South Asia’s longest-serving leader. He was also prime minister for a brief period in 2018.
Gotabhaya on Wednesday named Rajapaksa as the new prime minister after incumbent Wickremesinghe announced his resignation from the post following the presidential election debacle.

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