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Sri Lanka Prez dissolves parliament; general elections on 8th April

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 10, IRNA -- The General Election in Sri Lanka will be held on April 8. The Gazette notification issued on Tuesday says the nominations will be accepted from 19 of this month to 26th Feb.

The Parliament was dissolved midnight on Tuesday by President Mahinda Rajapaksa under the powers vested in him under Article 70 of the Constitution and in pursuance of the provisions of Section 10 of the Parliamentary Elections Act no. 1 of 1981.

The new Parliament is scheduled to meet on April 22, 2010.The new Parliament will comprise of 196 elected members and 29 Members of Parliament from the National Lists of political parties and/or independent groups, All India Radio (AIR) reported.

The present Parliament elected in 2004 completes its tenure of six years in April this year.

The UPFA came to power after defeating the UNP with 105 seats and the UNP winning 82 seats. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had 22 seats while the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) had nine seats. That last general election saw a voter turnout of 75 percent.

With a lead of nearly 18 per cent in the election, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headed by Mr. Rajapaksa and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that he leads has a clear edge over the divided and battered opposition.

However, it needs to be watched what impact the Fonseka detention would have on the general election.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 954898



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