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Member of Parliament Dinesh Gunawardena has taken oaths as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

He took oaths before President Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning (22) at the Prime Minister's Office.

Mr. Gunawardene was appointed to the Central Committee of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna in 1974 with the demise of his father Philip Gunawardene who was instrumental in the establishment of the Transport Board, Nationalisation of the Colombo harbour and laying foundation for the Insurance Corporation and the People’s Bank.