Sri Lanka’s new prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, promises to end the country’s economic problems

Sri Lanka's new prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, promises to end the country's economic problems

On Thursday, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Prime Minister, assured the people of the island country that he would ensure the supply of petrol, diesel, and power. He declared his desire to end the current economic downturn. “I want to solve this situation so that people may get gasoline, fuel, and power,” Wickremesinghe stated. “We need to create a country with a future for the youth, where people can eat three meals a day again and free of queues soon,” Wickremesinghe said after taking the oath. According to the newly-elected Sri Lankan Prime Minister, his primary agenda will be restoring the economy of the country. In addition, Wickremesinghe had promised that he will curb the economic woes of Sri Lanka with international assistance, accompanied by the support of all in the parliament.

Presently, Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting a large number of the citizens. At the same time, the country continues to negotiate with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail out its struggling economy. It is to be seen, how Wickremesinghe assuages the anti-government protestors in the near term, with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the central figure whose ouster is being sought by the protestors, still in place.

Further, Wickremesinghe has also urged everyone to refrain from narrow politics and instead support him in re-building the crippling economy. Meanwhile, Wickremesinghe was appointed the Sri Lankan Prime Minister for a record sixth term. He became the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for the first time at a relatively young age of 44. However, Wickremesinghe’s sixth stint in power is unlikely to be a smooth sail as he takes over the country, amid large scale violent anti-government protests, a devastated economy as well as a severely fragmented politics.

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