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UPFA win in Parliamentary poll `triumph of democracy`: Rajapaksa

Last Updated: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 16:20

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has described the ruling coalition`s win in the Parliamentary Election as the "triumph of democracy" as supporters of his party and its allies took out victory rallies across the country.

In the April 08 general elections, Rajapaksa`s UPFA bagged 117 seats, opposition UNF secured 46, Pro-LTTE TNA got 12 while detained ex-Army chief Sarath Fonseka-led DNA received just five. Results of 45 of the 225 seats in Parliament,
including from Trincomalee and Kandy districts, are yet to be announced.

Thanking Sri Lankan people for the victory, Rajapaksa said "this is the triumph of Democracy. It is a clear restatement of the confidence the people placed in me, the
`Mahinda Chintana` (his vision for the country) and the UPFA."
"We are humbled by the size of the repeated mandates given by the people and pledge to respond, in full measures, to the trust placed in us," the President said last night.

"The assured majority in Parliament given by the voters encourages the government to proceed with its policies for the strengthening of peace and reconciliation, reconstruction and greater infrastructure development," Rajapaksa said.

His comments came as the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent of UPFA, and other coalition supporters marched through the roads and streets in various parts of the country today, carrying national flags and hailing their victory.

Rajapaksa said the majority in Parliament will also enable the ruling coalition to take steps to increase investment in identified areas of growth and the overall development of the country "to make it the centre of economic and social progress in South Asia."

The poll results are proof that democracy is fully in place in Sri Lanka and shows commitment of its people to the democratic process, the President said.

"It is now the time for peaceful celebration by those who have contributed to this victory; and the acceptance of the verdict of the ballot by those who have lost.”

"It is also the time for all who place their trust in democracy to come together to build a new era of prosperity for Sri Lanka," Rajapaksa said.


First Published: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 16:20
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