Lanka’s Rajapaksa clan registers landslide win in parliamentary polls

Colombo, August 7

Mahinda Rajapaksa might be sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister for the fourth time on Sunday after his get together registered a landslide victory within the normal elections, securing two-thirds majority in Parliament wanted to amend the Constitution to additional consolidate the highly effective Rajapaksa household’s grip on energy.

The Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP), led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, received in 145 constituencies, bagging a complete of 150 seats with its allies, a two-thirds majority within the 225-member Parliament, in response to the outcomes introduced by the Election Commission on Friday.

It received all however 4 of the 22 electoral districts on provide, polling 6.eight million votes (59.9 per cent).

The 74-year-old Prime Minister Mahinda thanked the Sri Lankan folks for placing their religion within the SLPP and stated that the nation wouldn’t stand disillusioned throughout its tenure.

“Heartfelt gratitude to all Sri Lankans for placing their trust in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, myself and the Podujana Party and voting for the ‘Saubhagye Dakkama’ election manifesto in overwhelming numbers. We will ensure Sri Lanka will not stand disappointed during our tenure,” he stated.

Mahinda might be sworn in as the brand new Prime Minister for the fourth time on Sunday throughout a ceremony on the historic Buddhist temple of Kelaniya, a north Colombo suburb, in response to an official assertion.

He created a document in polling over 500,000 particular person choice votes, the best ever recorded by a candidate within the historical past of elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the many first world leaders to congratulate Mahinda on the result of the elections and stated the 2 sides would work collectively to additional advance all areas of bilateral cooperation and to take their particular ties to ever newer heights.

“Thank you PM @narendramodi for your congratulatory phone call. With the strong support of the people of #SriLanka, I look forward to working with you closely to further enhance the long-standing cooperation between our two countries. Sri Lanka & India are friends & relations,” Mahinda tweeted.

The Rajapaksa household has dominated Sri Lankan politics for 20 years. Mahinda was beforehand president, from 2005 to 2015.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had received the November presidential election on the SLPP ticket.

In the parliamentary election, he was looking for 150 seats necessary to execute constitutional modifications, together with to repeal the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which had curbed the presidential powers whereas strengthening the function of Parliament.

Activists, already alarmed by the diminishing area for dissent and criticism within the island nation, worry such a transfer might result in authoritarianism.

Meanwhile, the most important casualty from the election end result was the United National Party (UNP) of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The UNP managed to win just one seat and that too got here because of the cumulative votes polled nationally. The nation’s grand previous get together didn’t win a single seat from any of the 22 districts.

Its chief and four-time Prime Minister was unseated for the primary time since he entered Parliament in 1977. Wickremesinghe didn’t win from Colombo district as his get together completed fourth in most constituencies.

The UNP solely polled 249,435 votes or simply two per cent of the entire votes and was relegated to the fifth place nationally.

Wickremesinghe’s former deputy and presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa, who had damaged away from the UNP to kind his personal get together Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), has accomplished effectively by profitable 55 seats with its major Muslim get together ally bagging it the solitary district win within the japanese port district of Trincomalee.

The SJB has polled a complete of two.7 million (23 per cent) votes, rising because the second largest get together, in response to the outcomes.

The major Tamil get together, Tamil National Alliance, didn’t fare effectively as their parliamentary illustration noticed a discount for a complete of 10 seats from 16 it had received the final time.

The get together managed to win three districts within the Tamil-dominated North and polled 327,168 votes (2.82 per cent), the outcomes confirmed.

The Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), regardless of profitable solely three seats from their six within the earlier election, retained its place because the third power within the nation by pushing the previous ruling get together UNP to the fourth and in lots of areas to even fifth and sixth locations. It polled 445,958 (3.84 per cent) of the entire votes.

SLPP founder and its National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa – who’s the youthful brother of President Gotabaya with the eldest being Prime Minister Mahinda – on Thursday stated that the get together was all set to kind a brand new authorities.

The SJB with below 60 seats has emerged as the principle Opposition get together after its mom get together, the UNP, was diminished to a single seat in essentially the most stunning end result of the election.

The UNP stated that it had “encountered the best setback in its historical past. As a celebration, we confronted many challenges internally in addition to externally”.

According to the ultimate outcomes, a Buddhist monk is to enter Parliament from the Opposition.

Firebrand monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara, who’s from Our People’s Power Party, was in jail for contempt of court docket and was additionally accused of encouraging anti-Muslim sentiments in 2013.

Sri Lanka had Buddhist monks repeatedly as MPs since 2004. The quantity was diminished to 1 within the final Parliament from as many as 9 monk MPs in 2004. PTI

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