Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Colombo, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in today for another term as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, after the victory of his party in the general elections held last Wednesday.
The ceremony took place in an old Buddhist temple near Colombo, while the other members of the cabinet will take the oath next week.
It is the fourth time that Rajapaksa has been sworn in as Sri Lanka's prime minister, the Daily Mirror newspaper recalled.
He was elected to the Sri Lankan Legislative with the highest number of votes registered by a single candidate in the parliamentary history of Sri Lanka, with 527,364, the News First portal said.
He served as the fifth president of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015 and was previously appointed prime minister after his brother Gotabaya's victory in the presidential elections last November.
The Rajapaksa party won in the recent general elections to form the ninth Parliament of Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna or Sri Lanka People's Party (SLPP) won 145 seats in the 225-member Legislative Assembly, a figure close to a two-thirds majority, official results showed.
Sri Lanka introduces a preferential voting system based on proportional representation to elect the 225-member assembly.
A total of 196 seats are elected in 22 constituencies based on the votes of political parties and independent groups, while the remaining 29 seats are based on the performance of parties at the national level.
The SLPP received 6.8 million votes to secure 128 seats and 17 more positions on the national list, according to the final result of the national electoral commission, which was reflected on the News First portal.
The Samagi Jana Balawega (SJB) organization, led by former Minister Sajith Premadasa, emerged as the main opposition party with 54 seats, after receiving 2.7 million votes.
The SLPP won about 59 percent of the popular vote, while the SJB got 24 percent. Meanwhile, the oldest party in the country, the United National Party (UNP), of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe, won only one seat in the Legislative.
Voter turnout in Sri Lanka's ninth parliament elections was 71 percent, according to the Elections Commission.
More than 16 million voters were summoned to go to the polls in about 13 thousand schools, a day in which the use of a mask or nasobuco was mandatory, among other security measures in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ninth Parliament of Sri Lanka will meet on August 20, according to the call launched by the country's president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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