Sri Lanka ruling party records resounding win

11:31, April 21, 2010      

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Sri Lanka's ruling coalition party has recorded a landslide win in the final parliamentary election, according to an official press release issued here on Wednesday.

The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won 144 of the 225 seats just 6 seats short of the two thirds majority required for constitutional changes. They polled 60.33 percent of the vote.

The main opposition United National Party won just 60 seats garnering a little over 29 percent of the vote.

The Democratic National Alliance led by the former Army chief General Sarath Fonseka won seven seats with a little over five percent of the vote.

The main Tamil party Tamil National Alliance won 14 seats while winning three former Tamil Tiger districts of Jaffna and Wanni in the north and Batticaloa in the eastern province. They garnered 2. 49 percent of the entire country vote.

The ruling UPFA won the rest of the 19 districts.

With over 14 million people eligible to vote, the election had recorded a turn out of 61 percent.

The final result was delayed until Tuesday's re-poll in two of the districts.

The UPFA bagged both Kandy in the central province and Trincomalee in the east.

The new parliament is set to convene on Thursday with the new Cabinet of ministers to be inducted on the same day.

Source: Xinhua


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