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Live news updates: The Election Commission will on Friday issue a ‘certificate of election’ to NDA nominee Droupadi Murmu who has emerged victorious in the presidential poll. The certificate is issued after the returning officer hands over the result to the poll panel. It will be signed by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey. The certificate will then be sent to the Union Home Secretary who will read it out at the oath-taking ceremony of the 15th President of India which is likely to take place at the historic Central Hall of Parliament House on July 25.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in President of on Thursday, is expected to appoint long-time Rajapaksa loyalist and senior politician Dinesh Gunawardena as Prime Minister, a source close to the President’s office said. Further, Wickremesinghe will continue with the last-appointed Cabinet until Opposition parties are “ready to cooperate” in an all-party government, the source said, requesting anonymity.

The has summoned Congress president for a second round of questioning in a money laundering case related to the newspaper on July 25, officials said on Thursday. The Congress leader, who is recovering from Covid, was questioned for about two hours on Thursday.

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