Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Rajapaksa's party expected to win Sri Lanka local government polls

Sri Lanka Goes To Polls In Key Test For Ruling Coalition The government has promised a new constitution that devolves power
Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2018, 10:13

His SLPP was predicted to wrest control of more than two-thirds of the local government bodies, according to unofficial tallies kept by both the ruling party and opposition.

Speaking at a joint press conference, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) GL Peiris said that the results of the election show that President Maithripala Sirisena should take steps to hand over the leadership of the SLFP to the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Over 15 million people cast their votes in the local government election held Saturday.

"If campaign rhetoric became particularly hostile, it would foment trouble for the coalition at the national level", Shailesh Kumar, director with political risk consultants Eurasia Group told Reuters.

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.

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

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

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"The parliament is likely to see defections and Rajapaksa will call the shots", Kusal Perera, a local political columnist told Reuters.

The government has promised a new constitution that devolves power, the facilitation of an global probe into alleged war crimes during the final phase of a 26-year civil war, IMF-backed fiscal discipline and post-war reconciliation.

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

However, the government is unlikely to collapse because the prime minister's party holds the largest number of seats in parliament and Sirisena's party can not afford to break away, Kumar added.

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

However, the president has no power to dissolve parliament until February 2020.

The Minister said a decision will be taken on whether to stay in the government at that meeting. Make a donation and help pay for our journalism.

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