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Ranil Wickremesinghe: Sri Lanka sees new president sworn into office


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.


Mr 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 Mr Wickremesinghe as part of the problem. But there were few demonstrations on the streets the day after Mr Wickremesinghe won the parliament vote.

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