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APRIL 9, 2010 EST, USA
 
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INSTANT VIEW-Sri Lanka ruling alliance wins parliamentary polls
Reuters, April 09, 2010. COLOMBO, April 9 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's ruling alliance won a majority in parliament on Friday as votes were still being counted, in an election expected to entrench President Mahinda Rajapaksa's political dominance.

The following are some analysts' comments and interpretations of the results:

ANUSHKA SHAH, ECONOMIST, CITIGROUP

"We view election results as positive from a policy continuity perspective. Given that the election manifesto focuses largely on infrastructure development, results bode well for infrastructure development ... which would help spur investment growth, which is required to come in at a 30 percent level versus 25 percent currently in order to achieve the central bank's medium term growth estimate of 7-8 percent.

"While the victory was largely on the cards, it's likely to be perceived More...
Published: Fri Apr 9 08:33:04 EDT 2010


Sri Lanka ruling party says may miss two-thirds majority
Reuters, Fri Apr 9, 2010 1:20am EDT. COLOMBO, April 9 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's ruling alliance said on Friday it was confident of winning parliamentary elections but may miss a target of a two-thirds majority in the legislature.

"We may be short of 12 or 13 seats to get two-thirds but that will not be a challenge for us," said Dullas Alahaperuma, transport minister and the spokesman of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance, adding the party was confident of wining the elections. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 9 01:37:10 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lanka ruling party leading in parliament vote
afp, Apri 8. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's ruling party is running well ahead of the fractured opposition, early results showed Friday, in a vote marked by record low turnout and reports of violence and voter intimidation.

President Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance was leading in 21 out of 28 polling divisions declared so far following Thursday's parliamentary poll, according to the elections department. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 8 23:35:37 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Turnout Low at Sri Lanka Parliamentary Elections
NYT, April 8. NEW DELHI — Three months after winning re-election in a landslide, Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, sought to solidify his party’s hold on power by securing a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections held Thursday... Back to the top

Record low turnout marks Lanka polls
HT, April 8. A low voter turnout amid allegations of unfair electoral practices and sporadic incidents of violence marked Sri Lanka’s general elections on Thursday, the first Parliamentary poll to be held in a post-LTTE era... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Elections 2010 : Commissioner Asks To Stop Counting Of Votes
indiaserver, April 8. Dayananda Dishanayake, the Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner has asked Kandy District Secretary to stop the counting of votes cast in 12 polling centers in the Nawalapitiya area of the Kandy District after many complaints of election malpractices were received from the area... Back to the top

Australia Suspends Sri Lankan, Afghan Asylum Claims
Reuters, April 8. CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will immediately suspend the processing of new asylum claims from people from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka as part of a raft of moves announced on Friday to combat people smuggling to Australia... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's First Post - War Parliamentary Poll Ends
New York Times, April 08, 2010. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankans voted on Thursday in an election likely to further entrench President Mahinda Rajapaksa's political dominance, the first parliamentary poll since last year's end of a quarter-century of war... Back to the top

Fears of Rajapaksa dynasty as Sri Lanka votes
Times Online, April 08, 2010. Almost a year after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka votes today in parliamentary elections that could expand President Rajapaksa’s already vast powers, extend his rule beyond 2017, and lay the ground for a dynastic succession... Back to the top

Turnout Low at Sri Lanka Parliamentary Elections
The New York Times, April 08, 2010. NEW DELHI — Three months after his landslide victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, Mahinda Rajapaksa sought to solidify his party’s hold on power by securing a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections held Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Exports Declined in January on Weak Textiles Demand
Bloomberg, April 08, 2010. April 8 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s exports declined in January after gaining the previous month for the first time in a year, indicating overseas demand for the South Asian island’s textiles and garments remains weak... Back to the top

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