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Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister sworn in as acting President, to elect new President on Wednesday

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, was sworn in as acting president on Friday, according to his office, replacing Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled to Singapore after months of protest.

Wickremesinghe, 73, took his oath of office before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, according to a brief statement from his office.

Sri Lanka’s parliament will vote on a new president Wednesday, the speaker’s office said, on Friday, following the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa after he was driven out of the country.

Nominations for the post of president will be received on Tuesday and MPs are due to vote the following day, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana’s office said in a brief statement.

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