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jaichind
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« on: March 19, 2020, 07:29:24 pm »

Since the Rajapaksa clan swept back to power with Gotabaya Rajapaksa elected as Prez last year and former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed PM the plan was always early parliamentary elections to create a pro-Presidential majority.

On the pro-Rajapaksa  side they have the SLPFA alliance which mainly consist of the Rajapaksa SLFP splinter SLPP, SLFP led by ex-Prez Sirisena (who allied with UNP to defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa  back in 2015) plus a bunch of other minor Leftist and nationalist parties.  Also in SLPFA are some minor pro-Rajapaksa Tamil and Muslim parties.

The anti-Rajapaksa  they have the SJB alliance which is mostly UNP plus is traditional allies including various Tamil and Muslim parties.

SLPFA is on paper more economically Lefist but is clearly the bloc for Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism while SJB are more economically Righist but more on the side of ethnic pluralism.

The main Tamil Party TNA and Leftist JVP (an old SLFP ally but now anti-Rajapaksa) will run separately.  

The SLPFA is clearly seen as the alliance of Sinhalese nationalism and if it can hold the grand alliance of SLPP and SLFP should sweep the election.   Key here is that Maithripala Sirisena led SLFP choose to ally with SLPP due to Maithripala Sirisena's breakup with UNP.  SLFP agreed to contest on a common symbol SLPFA symbol.  It is yet to be seen if they will go through with this.

Main problem on the SJB alliance is division within UNP with conflict between 2019 UNP Prez candidate Sajith Premadasa and long time UNP PM Ranil Wickremesinghe.  Sajith Premadasa captured control of UNP last year during the Prez election but Ranil Wickremesinghe is looking to win back control of the party.

With SLPFA clearly going to sweep the polls the opposition are trying to argue for a delay of the election due to the virus.  It seems the election commission, for now, have rejected that request and the election is in theory going to take place April 25th.
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2020, 07:31:41 pm »

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-parliamentary-elections-postponed/article31111310.ece

Latest news is that the April 25 election will get delayed due to virus
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