Rajapaksas’ SLPP secures big win
Mahinda Rajapaksa, who led the caretaker government as Premier, is expected be sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, the ruling party led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is heading for a landslide victory at the general elections held yesterday. The counting of votes is continuing and the Sri Lanka People party (SLPP) is heading for majority votes in at least 16 out of 22 electoral districts.
The party has won around 60 percent of around 4 million votes counted so far. Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned PM Rajapksa to congratulate on his victory. Mr. Rajapksa tweeted that he look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi closely to further enhance the long-standing cooperation between the two countries. He added that Sri Lanka and India are friends and relations.
Prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought two-third majority in parliament and his party may end close to the tally. Samagi Jana Balawega (SJB) led by former minister Sajith Premadasa has emerged as the main opposition party while United National Party (UNP) led by former Prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has been relegated to fourth place. SJB is an offshoot of UNP and was formed early this year after Premadasa failed to wrest control of UNP.
The Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has emerged third performing better than the UNP, the oldest party in the country. In Tamil -dominated northern province, Tamil national alliance (TNA) has maintained its supremacy followed by the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), an ally in the current government. The country adopts a preferential system of voting based on proportional representation to elect a 225 – member parliament. Out of them, 196 members are elected from 22 electoral districts based on votes for political parties and independent groups while rest 29 seats are based on party performance at the national level.