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Political Chessboard

Politicians of all hues and sizes have thrown their hat into the ring for next months snap poll. But smaller parties championing the Sinhala Buddhist, Tamil and Muslim votes are jostling to play the trump card in Sri Lankas next parliament.


Inrnthe second in a series of political updates, Vajira Premawardhana ManagerrnResearch at Lanka Orix Securities takes a look at the newcomers to the politicalrnlandscape.


Thernreport says the religious and ethnic card will make a five-to-ten percent dentrnin the two main parties voter bank. Will Sri Lankas 90 percent literaternpopulation vote with their stomachs, or opt for consistent policies? Who willrnemerge as the winner to lift the Holy Grail and most importantly, who will wagrnthe tail?