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Protests erupt in Sri Lanka as Ranil Wickremesinghe becomes President

Ranil Wickremesinghe has been the face of the government’s handling of the economic crisis and is deeply unpopular among the general public, which sees him as a holdover from the Rajapaksa government that led the country into economic catastrophe.

July 20, 2022 / 05:46 PM IST
A sullen crowd reacted to the election of Sri Lanka's new President Ranil Wickremesinghe with disappointment on July 20, near the protest camp where they last week celebrated chasing his predecessor into exile.
A sullen crowd reacted to the election of Sri Lanka's new President Ranil Wickremesinghe with disappointment on July 20, near the protest camp where they last week celebrated chasing his predecessor into exile.
Demonstrators stage a protest against Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe at Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on July 20
Demonstrators stage a protest against Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe at Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on July 20.
The win for Wickremesinghe--who has been a six-time Prime Minister-- opposed by many Sri Lankans.
Protesters gather outside the Presidential Secretariat after Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected President of Sri Lanka. (Image credit: ANI)
This could lead to more demonstrations by people furious with the ruling elite after months of severe shortages of fuel, food and medicines, several protesters have said.
Ranil Wickremesinghe's victory is opposed by many Sri Lankans as he has been the face of the government’s handling of the economic crisis. (Image credit: ANI)
The 73-year-old will serve the remainder of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s term that ends in 2024.
Ranil Wickremesinghe being elected as the President could lead to more demonstrations by people furious with the ruling elite after months of severe shortages of fuel, food and medicines, several protesters have said. (Image credit: ANI)
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