Wickremesinghe's victory in Monday's election thwarted a political comeback by the country's former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, months after he lost the presidential polls to President Maithripala Sirisena.
The swearing in ceremony was held inside the premises of the Presidential Secretariat at 9:30 AM. President Sirisena administered the oath of office to 66-year-old Wickremesinghe, who has already served three times as the prime minister.
Immediately after the swearing in ceremony, the two main parties -- Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) and Sirisena's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) -- sealed a Memorandum of Understanding which paved the way for the setting up of a national unity government.
Political rival of both Sirisena and Wickremesinghe – former President Mahinda Rajapaksa -- was also present during the ceremony. Both Sirisena and Wickremesinghe shook hands with the former strongman.
Wickremesinghe party won 106 seats, seven short of a majority in the 225-member parliament. President Sirisena's SLFP will provide numbers from his opposition group to Wickremesinghe to set up the national unity government.


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