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Dinesh Gunawardena, a senior baby kisser and loyal Rajapaksa stalwart, on Friday became the third prime minister to lead Sri Lanka in the past three months, amid political turmoil sparked by a deepening financial crisis.

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Mr Gunawardena and an 18-member “continuity cabinet” were sworn in on Friday morning, in the presence of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was elected to the country’s smartest administrative center by a parliamentary vote last week. While most ministers were in the last cabinet under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Mr Wickremesinghe will take over the defense and finance portfolios. Ali Sabry, former Minister of Justice and Finance, will now head the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The prime minister and all-male cabinet were sworn in hours after a pre-dawn army raid on Colombo’s main anti-government agitation website, in which as many as 9 people, along with activists, journalists and legal professionals, had been brutally assaulted by squads, despite protesters promising to leave the world by Friday 2 p.m.

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22nd of July

Xi Jinping hails new Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe, says he will provide reinforcements ‘within his ability’

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election as Sri Lankan president and offered to boost “his capacity” in Colombo, amid Beijing’s concerns over billions of dollars in Chinese investment and loans in suffering in the economically bankrupt island country.

In his message to Mr. Wickremesinghe, President Xi said “he attaches great importance to the development of China-Sri Lanka relations and wishes to extend support and assistance within his ability to Mr. Wickremesinghe and the people.” Sri Lankan,” said-Course Xinhua information society quoted him as pronouncing.

Calling the two countries “traditional friendly neighbors of each other” for the reason that the order of diplomatic relations was established 65 years ago, he said each of the countries has set an example of interactions pleasant and mutually useful cooperation between large and small internationals. Locations.

Ever since Sri Lanka’s financial disaster erupted with the country operating from its foreign exchange reserves, causing a massive fuel and food disaster, China’s aid to the country has been in focus, knowing that it is the largest investor with over $10 billion in investments in the island nation. – PTI

22nd of July

Sri Lanka Electoral Commission appoints Wajira Abeywardena to MP seat vacated via Ranil

Sri Lanka’s Election Commission on Friday nominated Wajira Abeywardena as a Member of Parliament to fill the seat left vacant after Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected President.

22nd of July

Sri Lankan army attacks protesters and journalists in raid

A large army contingent, alongside police, raided Galle Face in Colombo on Friday morning, where protesters have been rioting peacefully for more than three months, resisting the ruling establishment following of a crushing financial crisis. Nine people, including protesters, journalists and lawyers, were brutally attacked by squads.

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The military attack on the main online agitation website comes less than 24 hours after Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as president, amid political uproar following the former president’s ouster Gotabaya Rajapaksa through dramatic mass protests. As interim president, Mr Wickremesinghe declared a state of emergency on Monday, two days before the most important vote in parliament in which he was elected president. – Meera Srinivasan

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