Sri Lanka’s prime minister takes on crucial finance ministry portfolio

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By Uditha Jayasinghe COLOMBO (Reuters) -Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will hold dual charge as finance minister, the president’s office announced on Wednesday, and will lead talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the crisis-hit nation seeks a bailout. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as finance, economic stabilisation and national policies minister before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning,” a statement from the president’s office said. In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Wickremesinghe laid out his immediate plans for the economy, in…

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