Sri lanka Prime Minsiter
Sri Lanka is set to modernise its military with the help of militarily advanced nations like India, Britain among others. Picture: Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in Colombo 19 August, 2015.Reuters

Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Sri Lankan Prime Minister on Friday, following his historic win in the general elections held earlier this week, in which he defeated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. 

Wickremesinghe received a massive 500,506 votes in the parliamentary elections held on Monday, which is the highest ever polled by any candidate in Sri Lankan elections, according to the Colombo Gazette

The new Sri Lankan prime minister was sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

Wickremesinghe's United National Party signed an agreement with Sirisena's Sri Lanka Freedom Party to secure a majority in the parliament. 

The election was another defeat for former strongman Rajapaksa, who had also lost the presidential election in January to Sirisena. 

Sirisena had appointed Wickremesinghe as the prime minister after his taking charge as the President this year.