Nearly two months after he was removed by the country’s president Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn into office again.
The reinstatement led to Wickremesinghe’s supporters bursting fire crackers, as the ceremony took place behind closed doors.
The surprise sacking by President Sirisena had plunged the island nation into a political crisis.
Wickremesinghe was replaced by a former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, and an ally of President Sirisena.
Failing to command a parliamentary majority, Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday.
Though journalists were not allowed to attend Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony held at President Sirisena’s office, a picture was tweeted by MP Harsha de Silva.
Wickremesinghe’s spokesman said a new cabinet would be formed in the coming days, BBC reported on Sunday.
Earlier this week, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled that President Sirisena had acted illegally in November by dissolving parliament and calling snap polls.
The crisis, which has provoked brawls in parliament and sparked large protests, has been closely watched by India, as well as the US, China and the European Union.