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Rajapaksa brothers register landslide win in Sri Lankan parliamentary elections

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared victory in the country’s parliamentary election.

His brother Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to be installed as prime minister, having held the role as caretaker since November.

The brothers’ party, Sri Lanka People’s Front, has secured a two-thirds “super majority” of seats needed to carry out its promised constitutional changes.




The party won 145 of the 225 seats, plus five more seats from its allies.

The Rajapaksa family have dominated Sri Lankan politics for two decades. Mahinda Rajapaksa was previously president, from 2005 to 2015.

The opposition of former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been trounced, having lost all but one of the 106 seats it held in the outgoing parliament.



The main opposition party is now a new group established by the son of Ranasinghe Premadasa, a former president who was assassinated in 1993.

Sri Lanka has been one of the few nations to hold an election despite the coronavirus pandemic. The vote had already been postponed twice because of the virus.

The country has had relatively few confirmed infections and deaths of coronavirus – with a total of 2,839 cases and 11 deaths.