If Ranil becomes the President, will Basil be appointed as the PM?
According to political sources, if Ranil Wickramasinghe wins the polls held today (20) and becomes the President, Basil Rajapaksa will become the Prime Minister in the future.
Sources said that this will not happen at once but gradually.
Ranil Wickramasinghe has only one vote in the Parliament as the United National Party and currently the entire government party mechanism is led by Basil Rajapaksa, National Organizer of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. The election campaign to appoint Ranil Wickramasinghe to the office of President is also managed by Basil Rajapaksa and with the announcement that Dallas-Sajith will contest together, there was a backlash in many people, but Basil did not back down.
Also, through the 22nd constitutional amendment that Ranil Wickramasinghe presented to the Parliament while he was the Prime Minister, the powers of the executive presidency are to be reduced to a certain extent and sources said that Basil Rajapaksa will come forward for the position of Prime Minister, which will be strengthened by it, at the right time.