Premiership given to Ranil to respect democracy - Prez

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he has given the Premiership to Ranil Wickremesinghe while honouring the parliamentary tradition and democracy.
Speaking to UNF representatives after the swearing-in ceremony of Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister at the Presidential Secretariat, the President also said his previous statement on not
appointing Mr. Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister even if 225 MPs support him (Wickremesinghe) was his personal political opinion. “I still maintain that position,” he said.