Sri Lankan Parliament will debate on the ongoing political crisis in the country following the local council elections in which former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new party registered a landslide victory, officials said.
Former president Rajapaksa’s new party Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) defeated Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP), winning 225 councils or two-thirds of the 340 councils which went to the polls on Saturday.
The UNP won only 41 councils while the SLFP was a distant third with just 11 in the first electoral test of the unity government headed by Sirisena.
Rajapaksa’s SLPP swept the polls in a massive wave of support to the former strongman. Sirisena’s SLFP suffered its worst drubbing with just 13 per cent of the vote.
Dinesh Gunawardena, the leader of the Joint Opposition in parliament moved in the House this morning that parliament must as an urgent matter discuss the ongoing crisis.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya agreed to grant the three-hour debate which would mean an extension of the normal sitting hours.
This story was originally published in india times