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Dinesh Gunawardena sworn in as new Sri Lanka PM

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Dinesh Gunawardena has been sworn in as the new prime minister of Sri Lanka amid the ongoing economic and political crisis in the island nation.

The 73-year-old veteran politician and a longtime ally of the Rajapaksa family took oath on Friday in presence of newly-appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Gunawardena is a leader of the leftist outfit Mahajana Eksath Peramuna. He has served as a Cabinet minister and Leader of the House in the Sri Lankan Parliament.

He is seen as a loyalist of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who fled the country last week amid widespread protests against an unprecedented economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

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Meanwhile, late on Thursday night, the Sri Lankan military and police personnel raided the Galle Face site in Colombo where protestors have been holding peaceful sit-in demonstration for months. Security personnel assaulted the protestors and journalists present at the site near the presidential secretariat, witnesses said.

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