Ranil Wickremesinghe, the six-time former prime minister who is now the acting president of Sri Lanka, has been elected the new president of the crisis-hit island nation. He will replace Gotabaya Rajapaksa after the latter fled abroad last week and later resigned as angry protesters barged into his residence. The presidential vote was a three-way contest, with Mr Wickremesinghe bagging 134 votes as against his main opponent Dullas Alahapperuma getting 82 and Anura Dissanayake just three.
Here are the Highlights on Sri Lanka crisis:
Voting has concluded and counting has begun in the Sri Lankan parliament to elect a new president to replace Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Two MPs have abstained from voting.
Two polling booths have been installed. The Speaker, and the two of the contenders - Ranil Wickremesinghe and Dullas Alahapperuma - have cast their votes. The third candidate in the three-cornered contest is Anura Dissanayake. The MPs are being called by their names to cast the secret ballot.
The General Secretary of the Sri Lankan Parliament has briefed the MPs on the voting process to elect a new president. After the briefing ended, an alarm bell has been rung for all MPs to arrive.
Voting has begun in Sri Lankan parliament to elect a new President, who will replace Gotabaya Rajapaksa after he fled the country last week. Security has been tightened at the parliament and all roads leading to it have been barricaded. Police and special task force have been deployed in the perimeters of the parliament.
Ahead of the big vote in Sri Lanka, in which the parliament will elect a new president, Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa has made a request to India to keep supporting the island nation irrespective of who is elected to the top post. Read here.
- Ranil Wickremesinghe has the backing of the Rajapaksas' SLPP, the largest bloc in the 225-member parliament, for today's secret ballot.
- As acting president, he has extended a state of emergency that gives police and security forces sweeping powers.
- An opposition MP said that his hardline stance against demonstrators was going down well with MPs who had been at the receiving end of mob violence.