April 10, 2010

           President Mahinda Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance has so far won 117 of the assembly's 225 seats.

         The main opposition party has won 46 seats, making it unlikely the alliance will win the two-thirds majority needed to make constitutional changes. It is the first parliamentary poll since the civil war ended last year. Veteran cricket all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya has created what his supporters say is a world record by being elected to the parliament while still playing cricket. He contested the polls for President Rajapaksa's party in Matara district in the south.

      Another cricketer, World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga, told the BBC Sinhala service that he had secured victory in Kalutara district for the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) party led by detained opposition leader Sarath Foneka. Correspondents say that Gen Fonseka and another opposition parliamentarian, Sunil Handunnetti, are the only two MPs elected from the DNA in Colombo - Sri Lanka's capital. The official results of the preferential system of voting has yet to be released, but results have been widely leaked to the Sri Lankan media and journalists.

     Government forces defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in May after a decades-long insurgency that claimed more than 70,000 lives. Poll monitors say turnout for Thursday's election was low and that many war-displaced Tamils in the north had been denied voting rights. As the president's main rival, Gen Fonseka stood for election despite being in jail
      Even though the President said he would provide equal rights to tamil ,it seems nothing has changed in Sri Lanka

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