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Veteran politician sworn in as Sri Lanka PM for sixth time to ease tensions – but it’s a contentious choice

Veteran Sri Lankan politician Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the country’s prime minister for a sixth time, in a bid to ease tensions on the island nation engulfed in a political and economic crisis.

The move is a contentious choice by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, but Mr Wickremesinghe took his oath in a ceremony at the presidential residence on Thursday.

It comes after the president’s brother Mahinda Rajakapsa resigned from the role of prime minister on Monday, following violent attacks by supporters on peaceful anti-government protests.

His resignation automatically dissolved parliament and left in its place an administrative vacuum.

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