July 21, 2022
Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as president, amid hopes that he will pull the country out of its economic suffering.
The 73-year-old took his oath at the tightly-guarded parliament complex on Thursday.
Wickremesinghe – the former prime minister – is seen as deeply unpopular with the public, but some protesters have said they will give him a chance.
Sri Lanka has seen months of mass unrest over an economic crisis.
Many blame the Rajapaksa administration for mishandling the nation’s finances, and see Wickremesinghe as part of the problem.