Sri Lanka ruling party wins huge majority

April 20, 2010 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s ruling party has won a near two-thirds majority in parliament at national polls, the elections commission said in final results announced Wednesday.

The parliamentary election was held just two months after presidential polls in which more than 75 percent of the electorate cast their ballots.

The two nationwide elections were the first since the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels in May last year, ending 37 years of ethnic bloodshed which according to the United Nations had claimed up to 100,000 lives.

Rajapakse’s main challenger, Fonseka who was arrested by the military 12 days after he lost the presidential election, won a seat in parliament and is expected at the opening of the new session Thursday. President Mahinda Rajapakse’s United People’s Freedom Alliance secured 140 seats in the 225-member assembly after a re-poll Tuesday in two constituencies where violence disrupted the April 8 vote, official results showed.

The main opposition United National Party was trounced and reduced to 60 seats while the main minority Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance came third with 14.

The leftist Democratic National Alliance of former a