WION Web Team New Delhi
Nov 21, 2019, 11.25 AM
Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in as the new prime minister of Sri Lanka today. His brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the new president of the island nation.
Mahinda served as the president from 2005-2015, with his ascension facilitated by the announcement of Ranil Wickremesinghe's resignation. Following this, a caretaker government was formed under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
According to Colombo Page, Wickremesinghe took the decision after a special cabinet meeting on Wednesday, a day after he met Gotabaya. The President has reportedly decided to appoint a caretaker cabinet with 15 members until the General Elections are held in March 2020 after the dissolution of the current parliament as per constitutional provisions.
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Leaders of the parties that backed Gotabaya during the presidential polls will be given preference in the new cabinet.
The Rajapaksa brothers are credited with crushing the Tamil Tigers a decade ago to end Sri Lanka's civil war.
The security services under their control during the time have been accused of war crimes and multiple human rights abuses.
(With inputs from ANI)
Mahinda served as the president from 2005-2015, with his ascension facilitated by the announcement of Ranil Wickremesinghe's resignation