A debate was held over the post of the opposition leader when the new parliament convened for the second time on Thursday with both the TNA and the UPFA
demanding for the post, but later Parliament Speaker appointed Sampanthan to the post.
However, in order to get their constitutional reforms approved by parliament, it seems the president and PM will still need a two-third majority, meaning they will have to compromise with opposition parties, including the UPFA
, to win over their support.
In North Western Province, the UPFA
obtained 705,188 votes which 66% of the total votes cast in the province.
37 percent of the votes while the UPFA
was a distant second with just 14.
Also, out of the total votes polled, UPFA
received just 34% votes.
Analysts expected UPFA
to get more than 140 once all results are finalized.
The president has already turned the victory over the Tamil Tigers into a new six-year term, and hoped a resurgent economy and political momentum would give his UPFA
a two-thirds legislative majority.
30 percent for the Liberal Party which stood as a proxy for the UPFA
after the ruling party list was disqualified there.
Upon receipt of this letter, the Elections Commission has to publish in the Gazette the name of the UPFA
member who has received the next highest votes in the Galle district after Kumarasinghe.
won 36 out of the total 56 seats, the UNP won 16 seats while the Democratic Party and CWC secured 2 seats each.
In another incident, the UPFA
head of the local council in the southern town of Akuressa has been remanded for alleged abuse of a girl, 14, at a guesthouse owned by him.
The opposition has accused the UPFA
of violating campaign rules and warned before the election that the vote would not be free and fair.