Sri Lanka's reinstated prime minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe, center, surrounded by his loyal lawmakers and supporters speaks after assuming duties in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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Sri Lanka's president reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister Sunday, nearly two months after firing him and setting off a long political stalemate in the South Asian island nation.Sirisena abruptly dismissed Wickremesinghe on Oct. 26 and appointed former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.Rajapaksa, meanwhile, failed to get Parliament's approval, losing two no-confidence votes.Sirisena was health minister in Rajapaksa's Cabinet when he defected to join Wickremesinghe and challenge Rajapaksa in the 2015 presidential election.Sirisena opposed Wickremesinghe's liberal economic policies and his moves to investigate alleged abuses during Sri Lanka's long civil war, which ended in 2009 . He had insisted on not reappointing Wickremesinghe even though Rajapaksa lost the two no-confidence votes.
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