October 26, 2018 / 4:32 PM / in 4 months

Sri Lanka's Wickremesinghe says still he is the prime minister

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (C) looks on at a news conference after he survived a no confidence vote in parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 4,2018. REUTERS/ Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday told a local television station he was still the prime minister according to the constitution, despite President Maithripala Sirisena swearing in his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier in the day.

“I retain the confidence of the house. I am the prime minister and I have the majority. According to the constitution I’m the prime minister,” Wickremesinghe said.

Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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