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Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes Sri Lanka's 23rd PM

Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the island country's 23rd Prime Minister

Colombo: Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the island country's 23rd Prime Minister in the presence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat here on Thursday.

Rajapaksa, who served as the Sri Lankan President from 2005 to 2015, will lead the government's caretaker cabinet until the general election, the Sunday Times reported.

The development comes a day after his predecessor and leader of the formerly ruling United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from the post.

Wickremesinghe tendered his resignation after his party's presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa lost last Saturday's presidential election.

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