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Sri Lankan PM invites rivals to work unitedly Takes oath today
Published :Thursday, 20 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 20

COLOMBO, Aug 19 : Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged Sri Lanka's parties on Wednesday to work together as he began forming a new government  backed by minority Tamils after a surge in support for his reform-driven agenda in parliamentary elections.
Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) more than doubled its seats in parliament in Monday's polls, easily beating the party of Mahinda Rajapakse and dashing the former president's hopes of returning to power. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, he called for unity in a country still riven by the scars of a decades-long civil war that pitted Tamil separatists against the army.
"We can achieve unity in this country... I don't think anyone can opt out. No one can go back to divisive politics. We will not allow that."
He will be sworn in as prime minister on Thursday after his UNP won 106 seats in the 225-member house, up from 40 in the previous election.    ?AFP









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