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Former Lankan president Rajapaksha calls for snap elections

Former Lankan president Rajapaksha calls for snap elections

 Feb 12, 2018

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday called for snap parliamentary elections after the country's ruling coalition suffered a shocking defeat in Saturday's local elections. 

The Sri Lanka People's Front, backed by Rajapaksa, registered a landslide victory, winning more than 230 local councils out of the 341 that were up for grabs. “The victory is a clear indication that Sri Lankans are fed up of inaction and want to rebuild Sri Lanka,” Rajapaksa said on his Facebook page.

This was the first local elections since the centre-left United People's Freedom Alliance and centre-right United National Party parties formed a unity government in August 2015. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's UNP garnered 32.63 percent while the President Maithripala Sirisena's UPFA came a distant third with 8.94 percent of the vote.

Rajapaksa said that the government had lost its mandate to govern and that the people must be given a chance to elect a new parliament.

Rajapaksa, who was accused of human rights abuses and corruption, lost the 2015 presidential election, said the people want him back because the government is considering a new constitution that would share power with minority Tamils and sell state assets.

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