|Monday, 5 April 2004|
|Today's Top Stories||NEWS|
|The victor and the vanquished
Freedom Alliance clear winner
The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) polled 4.22 million of the
total votes cast at Friday's General Election to emerge as the single
largest party with 105 seats. The United National Front ended with 3.5
million votes for 82 seats and behind the UPFA by 719,770 votes, according
to official results announced by the Elections Commissioner yesterday.
New PM to be sworn in today
A senior parliamentarian is expected to be sworn in as the Prime
Minister of the new Freedom Alliance Government today, official sources
Ex-Ministers do a Humpty Dumpty
Several top names in the UNF lost their bases in Friday's Freedom
Alliance electoral landslide with the Party suffering the ignominy of
being relegated to third place in two electorates in the Colombo suburbs,
which it traditionally counts on for its support.
Fresh polls ruled out
by Bharatha Malawaraarachchi
Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has ruled out fresh polls
in areas where there were reports of alleged vote rigging, especially in
the North - East, sources told the Daily News. The Commissioner had told
all political party secretaries that he could not go beyond the powers
vested in him and was acting only within his purview.
CWC considers joining UPFA
by Pradeepkumara Dharmaratne and Asela Kuruluwansa
Discussions are in progress among the high rankers of the Ceylon
Workers' Congress (CWC) headed by its leader Arumugan Thondaman to extend
their support to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to form a
strong Freedom Alliance Government, CWC sources said yesterday.
JVP will take the country on correct path
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will dedicate itself to realise the
people's desire to take the country on the correct path for which purpose
they reposed faith in the United People's Freedom Alliance, JVP General
Secretary Tylvin Silva said yesterday.
North parties to file cases
The EPDP, DPLF and several independent groups who contested at the
General Election from the North are to file Court cases against alleged
vote rigging and malpractices and the failure by the authorities to take
effective measures to control the situation.