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Rajapaksas’ party poised for big win in Sri Lanka

The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP or People’s Party) is poised for a landslide win in the August 5 parliamentary elections, going by results declared until Thursday evening.

At 8.30 p.m., the SLPP had secured over 60% of the votes. Its chances for a two-thirds majority remain unclear, but Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed the confidence that they would touch the figure in Parliament, if not in the polls.

The trends pointed to a big blow to former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) that led the former national unity government. Sajith Premadasa, who broke away from the UNP and contested from a new alliance, stood at a distant second spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quick to call Mr. Rajapaksa as his party’s huge mandate became evident. “Thank you PM @narendramodi for your congratulatory phone call... I look forward to working with you closely to further enhance the long-standing cooperation between our two countries,” Mr. Rajapaksa said in a tweet.

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