Rajapaksa's occasion anticipated to win Lanka native authorities polls

Sri Lanka: SLFP backed by Mahinda Rajapaksa takes lead in local body elections

"Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's proxy was set for an unexpected landslide victory in Saturday's local council elections described by private poll monitors as the most peaceful in decades", local media outlets reported.

Minister Susil Premajayantha said the President has requested to make a public statement about his decision announced during a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) meeting following the local government elections.

This was the first election to be held since the current Government came to power in 2015 defeating the administration led by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The alliance led by President Maithripala Sirisena has got 89 seats while United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minster Ranil Wickremsinghe has won 175 seats so far.

A man walks into a polling station to cast his vote in the long-delayed local government elections in Colombo on February 10.

Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today stated that the government can not go ahead with the local government election result since the people's mandate given to the government has been abolished.

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Earlier, the alliances backed by President and Prime minister suffered major setbacks in results of local polls held on Saturday.

Rajapaksa campaigned against the government's failure to curb the cost of living and to take action against corruption, as well as higher taxes, the privatisation of state assets, and less welfare for the poor and retired soldiers.

The government has promised a new constitution that devolves power and also to facilitate an worldwide probe into alleged war crimes committed in the final phase of a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009, and post-war reconciliation.

Prime minister's party accepted defeat at the elections saying it is a warning and party will bring appropriate changes.

However, as per amended constitution, General elections can not be called before February 2020 unless 2/3rds of MPs approve to dissolve the Parliament, which is unlikely. Make a donation and help pay for our journalism.

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