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Sri Lanka ex-leader Mahinda Rajapakse demands snap polls after victory

12 February 2018, 04:21 | Winifred Adams

The government has promised a new constitution that devolves power

Sri Lanka Goes To Polls In Key Test For Ruling Coalition

The president's party has 41 legislators and the prime minister's party commands 106 MPs in the 225-member parliament.

In the run-up to the local polls, the coalition partners - President Maithripala Sirisena's centre-left Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's centre-right United National Party (UNP) - which are contesting the polls separately - have blamed each other for the failures.

A crucial local government election ended peacefully in Sri Lanka on Saturday as over 15 million voters cast their ballots to elect members to local government bodies, election monitors said.

In another official result from the south, Rajapaksa's SLPP has won the southern Galle district's Ambalangoda council, winning 10 seats while rival parties shared rest of the 10 seats.

Focusing on the message delivered by the people to the government through the Local Government Elections held Saturday (10) during the meeting, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to make a number of positive changes in the right direction to correct the situation in the next few days.

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Colombo papers reported today that Mr Wickremesinghe is also under pressure to resign as UNP leader, after polls predict a weak second place. Sirisena faces a sterner challenge from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sirisena has targeted the Wickremesinghe's United National Party, dubbing it even more corrupt than the Rajapaksa government of which Sirisena walked out to become the then main opposition challenger.

However, the party informed sources told the India Blooms that majority of young parliamentarians have started an internal campaign to change the leadership of the party with the humiliating loss at the local government polls held yesterday.

His faction of the SLFP has been accused of delaying the election out of fear of losing them by the faction led by former president Rajapaksa.

The Supreme Court in September ruled that the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution to hold council elections on a single day requires two-third parliamentary majority and a nationwide referendum.



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