Winning parliamentary election: challenges remain for Sri Lanka’s ruling party

Sri Lanka’s people’s Front Party, where President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s party, won nearly two-thirds of the parliamentary seats by absolute advantage, the final results of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election were announced on the 7th. Gotabaya said on social media twitter on the evening of the 6th: “according to the election results that have been announced, the people’s Front Party has won an overwhelming victory.” The final results released by the election commission of Sri Lanka on the 7th further confirmed this statement. The people’s front will firmly hold the leading power in the future Parliament. Affected by the new crown epidemic, Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election, originally scheduled for April 25, was postponed twice before it was finally held on August 5. According to statistics, the turnout in this election was more than 70%. Analysts pointed out that an important reason for the victory of the people’s front party is that the current government has better controlled the epidemic. After the election, Gotabaya said that Sri Lanka was the first South Asian country to hold elections during the new crown epidemic, and the high turnout rate of the parliamentary election reflected the people’s confidence in the government’s control of the epidemic. < p > < p > in recent years, the people’s Front Party (PFP) has had a smooth ride in the political elections in Sri Lanka, and has won the national local elections in 2018 and the presidential elections in 2019. In contrast to this is the decline of unity, led by former Prime Minister Vikram asinha. The party has long held a majority in Parliament in the past few years, but won only one seat in this election. Analysts have pointed out that the failure of reunification is closely related to the split of the party. In last year’s presidential election, viklemasinha had a conflict with the nomination of another important member of the party, sajit premassain. After the presidential election, pramadasa and some of the members of the reunification left and established the new Party united people’s front, which greatly weakened the strength of reunification. Due to the impact of the terrorist bombing in April 2019 on the tourism industry, Sri Lanka’s economy has been under great pressure. This year’s new epidemic situation has further damaged the tourism industry and overseas remittance, two important sources of income, making the country’s economy worse. Official data show that Sri Lanka’s economy shrank by 1.6% in the first quarter of this year. Revitalizing the economy is undoubtedly a top priority for the Sri Lankan government. Analysts pointed out that Sri Lanka has sent a positive signal of “we can” to outside investors through effective control of the epidemic. After the election, the government is expected to implement relevant economic policies more smoothly, which will help restore investor confidence and improve international credit rating. The president of Sri Lanka’s International Business Council, josaro wicklemanayak, said Sri Lanka’s business community is looking forward to the government’s future policies such as tax reform and improving the trade environment, which are crucial to boosting the economy during the epidemic period. How to further bridge the ethnic contradictions is another difficult problem for the Sri Lankan government. Judging from the voters’ support in this election, the people’s Front Party’s support rate is very high in the southern and western areas, which are dominated by Sinhalese people, while it is not satisfactory in the northern areas with the majority of Tamils.