Sri Lanka ex-military chief, TV star, cricketers as lawmakers

Apr 10, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother Basil pulled in 425,861 ‘preferences’ from voters becoming a top draw in a parliamentary poll that also saw an army general, popular cricketers and a television star elected. Sri Lanka’s former military chief Sarath Fonseka now facing a court martial after running for presidential elections in January came on the top of the list in Colombo from his party, the Democratic National Alliance, formed with the JVP.

The party won two seats from Colombo. Sri Lanka’s world cup winning cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga who contested from the same party from Kalutara, a district south of Colombo was also returned to parliament.

The DNA won five seats and is due to get another from the so-called national list.

Sanath Jayasuriya, another popular cricketer topped a district list in Matara in the south of the country representing the UPFA.

A Buddhist priest Athureliye Rathana was also elected from the Gampaha district representing the nationalist-religious Jathika Hela Urumaya, which is part of the ruling UPFA coalition.

President Rajapaksa’s son Namal topped the list in the family home electorate in Hambantota, upstaging another brother of the president, Chamal, wh