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Sri Lanka’s 5-time Former Prime Minister Returns to Office Amid Turmoil

Political veteran , who has served as Sri Lanka’s prime minister five times, has been reappointed to quell escalating unrest fueled by the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

Wickremesinghe, 73, was sworn in as the country’s prime minister for the sixth time on Thursday, replacing Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned on Monday following violent protests triggered by his supporters.

’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa, praised Wickremesinghe for stepping up to the challenge of steering the nation “through a very turbulent time,” and said that he looks forward to working with the new prime minister.

My best wishes to the newly appointed PM of #LKA, @RW_UNP, who stepped up to take on the challenging task of steering our country through a very turbulent time. I look forward to working together with him to make Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 strong again. pic.twitter.com/ysIZGH3wfA

— Gotabaya Rajapaksa (@GotabayaR) May 12,

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