Sri Lanka’s strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a political comeback on Friday as his social gathering registered a landslide victory within the twice-postponed basic elections, in accordance with the ultimate outcomes launched by the elections fee.
The official outcomes declared confirmed that the Sri Lanka Folks’s Social gathering (SLPP) alone had gained 145 seats and with its allies have 150 seats, a two thirds majority within the 225-member parliament.
The social gathering led by the prime minister gained all however four of the 22 electoral districts on provide. The victory margins within the South, dominated by the bulk Sinhala neighborhood, had been within the excessive 60 per cent mark in most areas. The social gathering 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 end result of the elections and mentioned the 2 sides will work collectively to additional advance all areas of bilateral cooperation and to take their particular ties to ever newer heights.
“Thanks PM @narendramodi in your congratulatory cellphone name. With the robust help of the individuals of #SriLanka, I stay up for working with you intently to additional improve the long-standing cooperation between our two international locations. Sri Lanka & India are pals & relations,” Rajapaksa tweeted.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who gained the November presidential election on the SLPP ticket, had referred to as a snap election six months forward of the schedule.
Within the parliamentary election, he was searching for 150 seats necessary to execute constitutional adjustments in the primary to repeal the 19th modification to the Structure which had curbed presidential powers whereas strengthening the position of parliament.
The largest casualty from the consequence was the United Nationwide Social gathering (UNP) of former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The UNP managed to win just one seat and that too got here due to the cumulative votes polled nationally. The nation’s grandest political social gathering 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 social gathering 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 social gathering SJB, has executed properly by successful 55 seats with its essential Muslim social gathering ally bagging it the solitary district win within the jap port district of Trincomalee.
The SJB polled 2.7 million or 23 per cent and has emerged the second largest social gathering., in accordance with the outcomes.
The primary Tamil social gathering TNA didn’t fare too properly as their parliamentary illustration noticed a discount for a complete of 10 seats from the 16 it had gained the final time.
The social gathering 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 drive within the nation by pushing the previous ruling social gathering 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. Nonetheless, the election fee in mid-April postponed the elections by practically two months to June 20 as a result of 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 choice reached between the members of the fee.
The election fee held a number of mock polls to place into observe well being tips 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.