Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared victory within the nation’s parliamentary election.
His brother Mahinda Rajapaksa is predicted to be put in as prime minister, having held the position as caretaker since November.
The brothers’ get together, Sri Lanka Individuals’s Entrance, has secured a two-thirds “tremendous majority” of seats wanted to hold out its promised constitutional adjustments.
The get together received 145 of the 225 seats, plus 5 extra seats from its allies.
Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier tweeted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had referred to as to congratulate him.
The controversial Rajapaksa household has dominated Sri Lankan politics for 20 years. Mahinda Rajapaksa was beforehand president, from 2005 to 2015.
The opposition of former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been trounced, having misplaced all however one of many 106 seats it held within the outgoing parliament.
The principle opposition get together is now a brand new group established by the son of Ranasinghe Premadasa, a former president who was assassinated in 1993.
Sri Lanka has been one of many few nations to carry an election regardless of the coronavirus pandemic. The vote had already been postponed twice due to the virus.
The nation has had comparatively few confirmed infections and deaths of coronavirus – with a complete of two,839 circumstances and 11 deaths.
Narendra modi One other victory for controversial brothers
By Anbarasan Ethirajan, BBC South Asia Analyst
As soon as once more it is an enormous victory for the Rajapaksa brothers.
Simply 9 months after his spectacular win within the presidential election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has led his Sri Lanka Individuals’s Entrance to a two-thirds majority.
He’s massively in style among the many Sinhala majority for crushing the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels in 2009 when he was defence secretary. Many within the nation additionally credit score his administration for bringing stability and efficiently containing the coronavirus outbreak.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa is accused of human rights abuses in the course of the civil struggle and in addition of concentrating on those that dissented. He at all times dismissed such accusations – however they haven’t gone away.
A surge in Sinhala nationalism within the run-up to the election has additionally anxious Sri Lanka’s minority communities.
Muslim leaders say their neighborhood remains to be reeling from the vilification that adopted the devastating Easter Sunday suicide attacks by Islamist militants final yr, which killed greater than 260 individuals.
With their dominant majority, the Rajapaksas might try to vary the structure, improve the powers of the president so reversing the work of the earlier authorities to introduce extra checks and balances.
Activists, already alarmed by the diminishing area for dissent and criticism, concern such an eventuality might result in ever higher authoritarianism.