Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as Sri Lanka's new President
Sri Lankan lawmakers finished voting in parliament on Wednesday to choose the next president from among three contenders, hoping the new leader would pull the island out of a crippling economic and political crisis.
Ranil Wickremesinghe Elected Sri Lankan President by Fellow Parliamentarians
Ranil Wickremesinghe of the United National Party (UNP) defeated Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s (SLPP) Dullas Alahapperuma and the other contender Anura Kumara Dissanayake of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) who failed to win maximum number of votes
Sri Lanka's new interim president is longtime politician maligned by protesters
Sri Lankan lawmakers on Wednesday elected the country's unpopular prime minister as its interim president, a choice that risked reigniting turmoil in the South Asian nation reeling from economic collapse and months of round-the-clock protests.