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Rajapaksa swears in four Cabinet members amid Sri Lanka crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lanka’s president swore in four new Cabinet ministers on Saturday in an effort to ensure stability until a full Cabinet is formed in the island nation engulfed in a political and economic crisis.

The appointment of four ministers came two days after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reappointed five-time former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, after his predecessor – the president’s brother Mahinda Rajapaksa – resigned last Monday following violent attacks by his supporters on peaceful anti-government protesters.

His resignation automatically dissolved the Cabinet, leaving an administrative vacuum. In an effort to bring back stability, the president reappointed Wickremesinghe on Thursday and swore in four Cabinet ministers on Saturday until a full Cabinet is appointed.

More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin