December 16, 2018 / 4:01 AM / 5 months ago

Sri Lanka's former PM Wickremesinghe to return to post on Sunday: lawmaker, source

Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe looks on during a parliament session in Colombo, Sri Lanka December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will return to the post on Sunday, a lawmaker from his party and a source at the president’s office said, likely ending a political crisis that began in late October when he was ousted in a surprise decision.

The South Asian island country had plunged into instability after President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was then twice sacked by parliament. Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday as a government shutdown loomed.

“He (Wickremesinghe) will take oath at an auspicious time today morning,” Rajitha Senaratne, a cabinet spokesman under Wickremesinghe’s former government, told Reuters.

An official at the president’s office confirmed Wickremesinghe’s oath taking.

Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Krishna N. Das

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