Sri Lanka president’s party sweeps polls to secure comfortable majority in parliament

Sri Lanka President’s party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has swept the parliamentary elections held Wednesday (August 05) to elect 196 members to the 225-member parliament

Aug 07, 2020
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Sri Lanka President’s party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has swept the parliamentary elections held Wednesday (August 05) to elect 196 members to the 225-member parliament. The SLPP received 6,853,693 votes and secured 128 electoral seats and with the 17 national list members has gained 145 seats in the parliament although just shy of the two-third majority the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa expected.

The SLPP while the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and secured 54 seats. Accordingly, the Sri Lanka People's Front has won this election with a majority of 4,081,709 votes.

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the breakaway party from the United National Party (UNP) led by Sajith Premadasa came in second with 2,771,984 votes wining 47 electoral seats and received 7 national list slots totaling 54 seats in the 9th parliament.

Premadasa, who was the opposition leader of the 8th parliament following the election of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to be the Opposition Leader of the new parliament.

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