Sri Lanka’s president names brother as PM

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Sri Lanka’s new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will swear in his elder brother Mahinda, a former president himself, as prime minister, a spokesperson told AFP Wednesday.
Government spokesperson Vijayananda Herath said Mahinda Rajapaksa will assume duties as premier soon after incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe steps down on Thursday morning. Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe formally announced his resignation Wednesday, four days after his party suffered a humiliating defeat at presidential polls.— AFP