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Mahinda's SLPP says it is heading for victory at polls

Mahinda's SLPP says it is heading for victory at polls

A minister who represents the SLFP told BBC Sinhala Service that a meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party will take place on Sunday (February 11) in order to make decisions regarding the situation that has emerged at the Local Government election.

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. The UNP took control of 42 councils and SLFP 10.

Results for another 201 local bodies are yet to be released.

The local elections were long delayed.

Rajapaksa, a legislator in the opposition benches, commands the backing of 54 legislators who have defected from Sirisena's party.

With this defeat, the crisis of leadership in the UNP has resurfaced, especially when the party is in power, and the party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is responsible for the defeat, a senior minister of the party has told the BBC. "But we will stand united and maintain political stability in parliament".

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

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However, it has yet to deliver on these reforms or on promised anti-corruption measures.

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

The president and his supporters have opposed or neutralised numerous UNP reforms.

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.

Sirisena has said he wants to take charge of the economy, which is now handled by the UNP, and has blamed the prime minister's party for failing to tackle corruption.

A close aide of the former president said even he was shocked by the results. Make a donation and help pay for our journalism.


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