Ruling party wins landslide in local elections
The ruling United People’s Freedom Party (UPFA) has won 182 of the 234 authorities being contested in Thursday’s (17th March 2011) local elections; they took 55.35% of the vote but on a low turnout.
The main opposition party , United National Party, took 8 authorities and 33.86% of the votes. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) took 11 councils in the North and East of the country, the traditional Tamil area where the LTTE used to have its power base. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress took four councils in the East of the country.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna which had been doing well a few years ago lost its one council in the South of the country.