Mahinda Rajapaksa-led SLPP registers landslide victory in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary polls


Colombo, August 7

Sri Lanka’s strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a political comeback on Friday as his get together registered a landslide victory within the twice-postponed normal elections, in accordance with the ultimate outcomes launched by the elections fee.

The official outcomes declared confirmed that the Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) alone had received 145 seats and with its allies have 150 seats, a two-thirds majority within the 225-member parliament.

The get together led by the prime minister received all however four of the 22 electoral districts on supply. The victory margins within the South, dominated by the bulk Sinhala group, had been within the excessive 60 per cent mark in most areas. The get together polled 6.eight million votes at 59.9 per cent.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the many first world leaders to congratulate Rajapaksa on the result of the elections and stated the 2 sides will 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,” Rajapaksa tweeted.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who received the November presidential election on the SLPP ticket, had referred to as a snap election six months forward of the schedule.

In the parliamentary election, he was looking for 150 seats obligatory to execute constitutional adjustments in the primary to repeal the 19th modification to the Constitution which had curbed presidential powers whereas strengthening the position of parliament.

The greatest casualty from the 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 grandest political get together didn’t win a single seat from any of the 22 districts.

Its chief and a 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 2 per cent of the vote and was relegated to the fifth place nationally.

Wickremesinghe’s former deputy and the presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa, who had damaged away from the UNP to type his personal get together SJB, has completed nicely by successful 55 seats with its fundamental Muslim get together ally bagging it the solitary district win within the japanese port district of Trincomalee.

The SJB polled 2.7 million or 23 per cent and has emerged the second largest get together., in accordance with the outcomes.

The fundamental Tamil get together TNA didn’t fare too nicely as their parliamentary illustration noticed a discount for a complete of 10 seats from the 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 or 2.82 per cent, the outcomes confirmed.

The Marxist JVP regardless of successful solely Three seats from their 6 within the earlier election retained its place because the third pressure 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. They polled 445,958 or 3.84 per cent of the overall vote.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on March 2 dissolved parliament, six months forward of the schedule, and referred to as for snap polls on April 25. However, the election fee in mid-April postponed the elections by almost two months to June 20 because of the coronavirus outbreak within the island nation.

In June, the fee knowledgeable the apex court docket that the polls can’t be held on June 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the brand new date was determined following a unanimous resolution reached between the members of the fee.

The election fee held a number of mock polls to place into observe well being pointers and even prolonged the ballot time by one hour in view of the pandemic.

There are over 16 million eligible voters within the nation. The August 5 ballot will elect a 225-member parliament for a five-year time period. PTI



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