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Rajapaksa’s Brothers Emerge Winner in Sri Lanka's Election
Aug 07, 2020
By: Abara Bleesing Oluchi
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Election result released today has shown that the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) won 145 seats and can also count on the support of at least five allies in the 225-member legislature while the SLPP's main opponent obtained just 54 seats in Wednesday's vote, which saw more than 75 percent of the 16.2 million eligible voters cast their ballots.

The party President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is most likely to swear in his elder brother into the same position following the huge win today. There is the tendency that the development could make the Rajapaksa brothers change the constitution and strengthen the dynastic rule as the president in his twitter message said, "Sri Lanka People's Front has secured a resounding victory according to official results released so far. It is by belief that that the expectation to have a Parliament that will enable the implementation of my 'vision for prosperity' policy will be reality tomorrow."

The Rajapaksa brothers are however feared by Critics because the brothers are known for their crushing of Tamil separatist rebels to end a ten year old conflict in 2009; they want to end presidential term limits, bring the judiciary and police under their direct control, and extend their dynastic power to a new generation.

Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office essentially just one term ago. Following failure of the previous government to fulfil its promise of bringing about change, the people of Sri Lanka felt disappointed with some of the constitutional reforms which ultimately recorded no success such that the people decided to go back to the Rajapaksas. Also, the handling of coronavirus crisis by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won over the people’s confidence in contrast with the shambles the last government made following the Easter bombing attack.

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