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Sri Lankan Finance Chief Named Premier

From Times Wire Services

President Ranasinghe Premadasa on Friday appointed Finance Minister Dingiri Wijetunge as Sri Lanka’s new prime minister, ending weeks of maneuvering within the ruling United National Party for the post.

As prime minister, Wijetunge will be Premadasa’s main representative in Parliament and the head of the ruling party legislative delegation, which won 125 of 225 seats in Feb. 15 general elections. He will retain the finance portfolio.


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