Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe's United National Party (UNP) emerged as the winner at the parliamentary elections held Monday to elect a new parliament.
The United National Party claimed victory receiving 5,098,927 votes, 45.66 percent of the votes and 93 seats in the 225- member parliament.
The main opposition United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) which backed the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to regain power as the Prime Minister received 4,732,669 or 42.38 percent of votes and 83 seats.
Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), the major constituent in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) claimed victory in the Tamil-dominated Northern Province receiving 515,963 or 4.62 percent of votes and 14 seats.
Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna received 4.87 percent of the vote amounting to 543,944 and gained 4 seats.
Eelam People's Democratic Party and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress each received one seat.
||Number of Votes
| United National Party
| United People's Freedom Alliance
| Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi
| Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna
| Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
| Eelam People's Democratic Party