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Sri Lanka gets new president in six-time PM Wickremesinghe

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By Uditha Jayasinghe, Alasdair Pal and Devjyot Ghoshal COLOMBO (Reuters) -Sri Lankan lawmakers voted in acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the new president on Wednesday, hoping his long experience in government can help pull the country out of a crippling economic and political crisis. The six-time prime minister won 134 votes in the 225-member parliament, despite public anger with the ruling elite after months of severe shortages of fuel, food and medicines. A popular uprising ousted his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week. “I would like to bring everyone together so that a nation…

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