OSINT Report Sri Lanka: Local Government Poll Outcome Potential for Political Uncertainty

Local Government (LG) polls were held in Sri Lanka on 10 February. The elections including the campaigning were one of the most peaceful in recent years with the Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe claiming that this was due to active measures were taken by the coalition of the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Mr Wickremesinghe heads the UNP while the President Maithripala Sirisena the SLFP.  The unnatural coalition of sorts was formed in 2014 based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for three years. The MOU was due for renewal last year but remains in limbo due to differences that have cropped up recently over some issues, the main one being corruption in ministries and portfolios held by the UNP and its supporters including the Central Bank. President Sirisena’s campaign theme was the elimination of corruption sending a strong signal to the UNP. Nevertheless the ruling coalition is likely to be in for a shock as preliminary reports indicate that a third party propped up by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is leading in Sinhala dominated areas of the country which includes all provinces less the North and East.................

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