COLOMBO (Reuters) – New Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s brother, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, will be sworn in as the country’s new prime minister on Thursday, their party spokesman said on Wednesday.
“Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in at 1.00 p.m. (0730 GMT) and assume office at 3.00 p.m.,” Keheliya Rambukwella, the spokesman for Mahinda-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) told Reuters.
Current Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday he would resign on Thursday after his party’s candidate lost a presidential election. Mahinda Rajapaksa was president from 2005-2015.
Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Catherine Evans