Sri Lanka polls to decide depth of Rajapaksa's power
April 6, 2010.
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's legislative polls Thursday will decide the depth of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's already vast powers and should remove the last big uncertainty for investors keen to tap the country's post-war potential.
With his victory in one of Asia's longest-running wars not quite a year old, Rajapaksa and his ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) are expected to win a majority in the polls to elect the 225-member parliament.]
A total of 7,620 candidates representing 36 parties and 301 independent groups are competing.
Unaccustomed to losing since he was first elected president in 2005, Rajapaksa and his allies are aiming to win 150 seats, or the two-thirds majority
Published: Tue Apr 6 19:22:53 EDT 2010