Ranil Wickremesinghe won the presidency of Sri Lanka on Wednesday, after MPs voted to choose him as the country’s president. Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath correspondent reported that Wickremesinghe won 134 votes from the parliament’s representatives.
Following the announcement of his election as the country’s president, Wickremesinghe called on all parties in Parliament, including the opposition, to work together on a new strategy that meets the aspirations of the people.
Official results showed that Wickremesinghe received 134 votes in a parliamentary ballot in which three candidates competed. His main challenger, former Education Minister Dulas Alhaberoma, received 82 votes, while the third candidate, right-wing candidate Anura Desanaime, received only three votes, giving Wickremesinghe an absolute majority of the votes.
Amid tight security, Sri Lanka’s 225-seat parliament has completed the voting process to choose a new president who will lead efforts to tackle the country’s economic and political collapse. Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath correspondent reported that 223 deputies voted, while two abstained from voting.
This comes as protesters continued to demonstrate in the center of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, amid a state of anticipation and caution, as three candidates competed for the presidency, including Ranil WickremesingheThe interim president has a strong chance of winning.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the presidential palace after angry crowds stormed it on the ninth of July and took refuge in the Maldives and from there to Singapore, where he announced his resignation, and sent it by e-mail.
The fall of his rule constitutes a setback for his family, which has dominated political life in the country for nearly twenty years, after the resignation of his two brothers earlier this year from the posts of Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
Until the country stands on its feet, and this is far away, the protesters’ footsteps stumble, where what they fear has occurred.. The interim president, an ally of the former president, is running and approaching the presidency of the country in an election in which he enjoys significant parliamentary support from the ruling party.
Yesterday, the features of the electoral map became clear, as the opposition leader, Sajith Prema Dasa, withdrew and supported Representative Dulas Ila Ha Bruma from the ruling party for the post of president of the country. An alliance from which the opposition wants to split ranks within the ruling party that supports the interim president. In the event of a winning Laha in Rome, he may appoint Sajith as prime minister.
The country, then, is on a path that may Headed to escalation with Wickremesinghe winThe street is still insisting on sweeping the previous authority.
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