Ranil Wickremesinghe will discover that capturing the hearts and minds of the irate demonstrators is easier said than done given the fears of growing demonstrations against him.

Ranil Wickremesinghe has been chosen as Sri Lanka's eighth president after receiving 134 of the 219 legitimate votes cast in Parliament.

Ranil Wickremesinghe has an overwhelming majority in Parliament after receiving more than 60% of the legitimate ballots cast, but can he win over the disgruntled citizens who drove his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa out of the country?

Third time's a charm for Ranil Wickremesinghe. His previous attempts to win the presidency failed both times.

However, the ruling SLPP actively supported his candidacy since Gotabaya Rajapaksa had left the country and other family members were extremely unpopular.

However, this on its own makes him unpopular among the public. "How many seats is he all by himself? The Rajapaksa family helped him win the presidency.

According to Vraie Balthazar, a women's rights advocate and member of the Janatha Aragalaya or people's fight, "His mission is to preserve them, not Sri Lanka."

He has achieved his goal of becoming president of Sri Lanka, but she asks, "Who will achieve the goal of the Sri Lankan people to abolish executive presidency and transfer authority to the people?"

On Thursday, the 73-year-old took his oath within the heavily guarded parliament complex.

Ranil Wickremesinghe has been chosen as Sri Lanka's eighth president after receiving 134 of the 219 legitimate votes cast in Parliament.