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Mahinda Rajapaksha sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe, the incumbent Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksha as the new Prime Minister.
Mahinda Rajapaksha sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
  • In recent times, the politics of Sri Lanka is in turmoil because of the tension between President Sirisena and PM Vikramasinghe.
  • In a sudden move, the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the Political Front of President Mittipala Sirisena, withdrew support from the coalition government with Ranil Vikramasinghe's Party United National Party (UNP).
  • This coalition government was formed in 2015, when Sirisena became President by the support of Ranil Vikramasinghe.
  • This sudden move also indicates a constitutional crisis lurking in Sri Lanka.
  • According to the 19th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, Vikramasinghe could not be removed from the post without the majority.

About Mahinda Rajapaksa:

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa was born on November 18, 1949 in the southern province of British Sri Lanka.
  • He was the 18th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from April 6, 2004 to November 19, 2005. 
  • After that, he was the 6th President of Sri Lanka from November 19, 2005 to January 9, 2015.

Question:

Q. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe, the incumbent Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and appointed whom as the new Prime Minister?
a. Former President Mahindra Rajapaksha
b. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksha
c. Former President Mahindran Rajapaksha
d. None of the above
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