Ranil Wickremesinghe is supported by Rajapaksa’s SLPP after being elected president of Sri Lanka

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the country’s acting president, will succeed Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who quit and fled the country 10 days after the public’s ire over the nation’s worst economic crisis erupted on the streets.

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Ranil Wickremesinghe won the election for President of the island nation on Wednesday by defeating Dullas Alahapperuma, a dissident leader of the governing Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) who has the support of the Opposition.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the country’s acting president, will succeed Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who quit and fled the country 10 days after the public’s ire over the nation’s worst economic crisis erupted on the streets.

The disgraced SLPP of the Rajapaksas provided the majority of Wickremesinghe’s support. Immediately after winning the elections, the newly elected President said, “I request Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa and other opposition parties including former Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena to work together.”

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“We were divided for the last 48 hours. That period is now over. We have to work together now,” he said.

Dullas Alahapperuma received 82 votes, Anura Kumara Dissanayake of the leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) received three votes, and Ranil Wickremesinghe received 134 votes.

113 votes in favour of the nominee were required in the 225-member House. However, only 223 members actually cast ballots, and two members were absent. Four votes were also deemed invalid.

The voting procedure went off without a hitch and was shown live on parliament television in Sri Lanka.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former prime minister of Sri Lanka, and his son Namal Rajapaksa, who had been hiding for a few days, attended the legislature and cast their votes.

Sajith Premadasa, the head of the opposition and a candidate for the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) party, made the decision to support Alahapperuma and resign from the presidential contest on the day of the election.

The candidate for the opposition was Alahapperuma, a member of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLPP and former information minister for public media.

Wickremesinghe, who has been as prime minister six times before, has stated that the economy is his first priority rather than changing the executive presidency.