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* Sri Lanka's ruling party secures 144 seats in seventh Parliament
Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 08:46 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Elections Secretariat has announced that the governing United People's Freedom Party has won the 2010 General Elections securing 144 seats in the seventh parliament.

The ruling party won a total of 127 seats at the general election and with the 17 National List slots secured 144 seats in the 225-member legislature but fell six seats short of the 150 required for the two-third majority.

The main opposition United National Party led by Ranil Wickremasinghe will have 60 seats while the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will be represented by 14 parliamentarians.

The Marxist Democratic National Alliance (DNA) led by former Army Commander General (retd.) Sarath Fonseka has secured seven seats.

Following the conclusion of the polls yesterday (20) the UPFA received 4,846,388 votes (60.33%) and as a result was allocated 17 seats under the National List and the UNP has received nine National List slots after polling 2,357,057 votes (29.34%).

The DNA has received two and the TNA one National List slot.

Despite being short of the much hoped-for two-third majority, the Rajapaksa government has received the strongest mandate from the people of Sri Lanka since 1977 when the UNP led by late had a landslide.

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