Sri Lanka goes to polls in crucial vote


Neither the president or prime minister were commenting on the result.

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says no deal has been reached with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the future political direction of the coalition.

By morning, out of the 81 councils election results declared, Rajapaksa's SLPP had won 51 councils in an unexpected good show.

The Kandy Municipality, Kolonnawa UC, Wattala - Mabole UC, kalutara UC, Nuwara-Eliya MC, Galle MC, Weligama UC, Hambantota MC, Badulla Mc were among the areas the councils the UNP captured power.

Being the most peaceful elections in decades according to the poll monitoring groups, in the local government polls held on Sunday people have voted not only to mend their drainage systems and getting new street lights but to teach the ruling united government, which has shown shaky in their decisions, a lesson.

The voter turn out in the poll was expected to cross 65 per cent, election officials said.

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The alliance between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe - who teamed up to defeat Rajapakse in a presidential election in 2015 - has frayed as both men have levelled allegations of corruption and backstabbing against the other.

The two time president has been voted back with overwhelming support of the Sinhala Buddhist majority who view them as their hero for ending the 30 year separatist war of the LTTE.

Mr Sirisena was voted into office on the strength of support mainly from minority Tamil and Muslin communities. Sirisena faces a sterner challenge from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) was a distant second with 41 councils while Sirisena's Freedom Alliance languished with just 11.

"I ask the president to call a general election".

However, the party informed sources told the India Blooms that majority of young parliamentarians have started an internal campaign to change the leadership of the party with the humiliating loss at the local government polls held yesterday.