Dinesh Gunawardena appointed new Prime Minister

Dinesh Gunawardena appointed new Prime Minister

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Dinesh Gunawardena was appointed as the new Prime Minister today.

He took oaths before President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Dinesh Gunawardena is seen as an ally of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe and Gunawardena have been schoolmates and friends since the age.

Wickremesinghe, 73, is a free-market champion and a pro-West politician while Gunawardena, 73, is a staunch Sinhala nationalist who believes in socialism and wants greater state control over the economy. (Colombo Gazette)

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