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Sri Lanka gets new president in Wickremesinghe, protests muted

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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 would help pull the country out of a crippling economic and political crisis. The mood of protesters was muted, with only around 100 people on the steps of the presidential secretariat. Many of the hundreds of thousands on the streets who forced the ouster of previous president Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week had wanted Wickremesinghe gone too, labelling him an ally of the Rajapaksa…

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