Colombo: With the final results of the country’s parliamentary elections, the Rajapaksa brothers are sweeping most of the seats. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) won 145 seats. With the support of five allies in the 225-member parliament, the victory will be a major setback for the opposition. The United National Party, the SLPP’s main rival, won just 54 seats in Wednesday’s vote.
With over 1.62 crore voters, Sri Lanka recorded the highest turnout this year. About 75 percent voted. The results show that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the younger brother of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the current president, will remain in office. Political observers say the election victory could change the constitution and strengthen the dynasty.
Gotabhaya took to Twitter soon after learning of the result, hoping that the newly elected parliament would help him realize his dreams of developing the country.
The world began to pay attention to these brothers with their tough stance on suppressing the LTTE defenses in the country. It was the military background of Gotabhaya, who was elected president, which led the Sinhala government to eradicate the LTTE. The success of Covid’s defense has also boosted public confidence in him.