Mahinda Rajapaksa led SLPP registers landslide victory in the general elections of Sri Lanka.
Colombo: The party led by the prime minister won all but 4 of the 22 electoral districts on offer. There are over 16 million eligible voters in the country. The August 5 poll will elect a 225-member parliament for a five-year term.
Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a political comeback on Friday as his party registered a landslide victory in the twice-postponed general elections, according to the final results released by the elections commission.
The official results declared showed that the Sri Lanka People Party (SLPP) alone had won 145 seats and with its allies have 150 seats, a two-thirds majority in the 225-member parliament.
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The party led by the prime minister won all but 4 of the 22 electoral districts on offer. The victory margins in the South, dominated by the majority Sinhala community, were in the high 60 percent mark in most areas. The party polled 6.8 million votes at 59.9 percent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first world leaders to congratulate Rajapaksa on the outcome of the elections and said the two sides will work together to further advance all areas of bilateral cooperation and to take their specialties to ever newer heights.