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Sri Lanka crisis

Meet Wickremesinghe: Sri Lankan president sworn in as doubts swirl

'Man with no mandate' faces Asia's toughest economic challenge

Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, Sri Lanka's new president, leaves a Buddhist temple on July 20 as he prepares to attempt to solve the country's economic crisis.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- When Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka's eighth executive president on Thursday morning, it capped a remarkable comeback for a six-time prime minister who lost his seat in the last polls and was only in parliament thanks to a quirk of the system.

On Sri Lanka's boisterous social media, Wickremesinghe has been described as a "man with no mandate," among other barbs. Such doubts will be hovering over the 73-year-old as he attempts the daunting tasks of restoring political calm and lifting the debt-ridden South Asian economy out of bankruptcy.

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