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Mon, 30 March 2015 16:04:45
Sri Lanka president says victory is vote for him
09 Apr, 2010 21:18:55
April 9, 2010 (AFP) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said Friday his party's resounding parliamentary victory was a vote of confidence in his socialist economic policies.
The president, who was not a candidate at Thursday's vote, said the landslide for his United People's Freedom Alliance was a vote for his economic and social vision that included the crushing of Tamil rebels last year.

"This outstanding victory is an endorsement of the 'Mahinda Chintana' (Mahinda vision)," Rajapakse said in a statement thanking supporters.

"I asked you for a strong parliament that can meet any challenge," he said. "I sincerely thank you for giving me an unprecedented majority that will help make Sri Lanka an example to the rest of the world."

His UPFA secured 117 seats in the 225-member assembly with another 45 seats left to be declared, results released by the Elections Commissioner showed. The main opposition United National Party (UNP) was reduced to 46 seats.

"This is a huge endorsement of the work of the president," Rajapakse's spokesman Chandrapala Liyanage said.

"The party has won parliament very comfortably," Liyanage told AFP, predicting that it would secure at least 24 of the undeclared seats, leaving it just nine seats short of a two-thirds majority.

"No party has ever got this much," he added.

Rajapakse called the vote two months ahead of schedule after his re-election at the January presidential polls, which were held after he crushed Tamil Tiger rebels and ended a 37-year-old separatist conflict in May last year.
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2. Shirlene Apr 11
The Presidential Elections and the General Elections were rigged big time. The results and number of votes for each candidate was pre arranged with the assistance of the elections commissioner.
1. Girin Bandara Apr 10
Congratulaion President Mahinda Rajapaksha. As you have promised before the election we welcome your decision to cutdown of your Cabinat (~35) and set up a massive plan to develop the country.