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Nearly 1/3 MPs from former Parliament lose their seats

Close to one-third of former Parliamentarians, out of the 225 MPs who represented the Eighth Parliament, will not be representing the new Parliament.

Many of them had failed to secure their seats at the General Election held on August 5, while others had opted out of the Election. Following an ignominious defeat, all former Parliamentarians who contested from the United National Party (UNP)—including its Leader—former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam; as well as party stalwarts Ravi Karunanayake, Navin Dissanayake, Vajira Abeywardena, Arjuna Ranatunga, Ruwan Wijewardena, Palitha Thewarapperuwa, Palitha Range Bandara, Daya Gamage, and Anoma Gamage; had lost their seats.

The UNP has received a National List seat for the 2.15 percent of total votes it obtained, and the Party is yet to announce who will fill this vacancy. If Wickremesinghe does not enter Parliament from the backdoor using the National List slot available for the Party, this would be the first time that he lost his seat in his Parliamentary career spanning over 42 years.

The number of seats obtained by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) had reduced to three from six in the last Parliament, and its member Sunil Hadunnetti, who did an outstanding job as the COPE Chairman in the last Parliament, had failed to secure his seat in Matara; and Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa and Nihal Galappatti, who contested in Kalutara and Hambantota, respectively, had also failed to secure their seats. The JVP is also yet to announce who will enter Parliament from the National List slot it has received. Some prominent candidates who lost their seats after contesting from the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) include Sujeewa Senasinghe, Hirunika Premachandra, Thusitha Wijemanna, A.H.M. Fowzie, Edward Gunasekara, Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza, Chathura Senarathna, Ajith P. Perera, Wasantha Aluvihare, Ranjith Aluvihare, Chandrani Bandara, P. Harrison, Chandima Gamage, Raveendra Samaraweera, Lakshman Senevirathna, Ananda Kumarasiri (former Deputy Speaker), and Karunarathna Paranawithanage. In the ruling Party, former Parliamentarians Sumedha G. Jayasena (Monaragala), Lakshman Yapa Abeywadena (Matara), Thilanga Sumathipala (Colombo), Ananda Aluthgamage (Kandy), Lakshman Wasantha Perera (Matale), Sriyani Wijewickrama (Digamadulla), Tharanath Basnayaka (Kurunegala), T.B. Ekanayaka (Kurunegala), S.C. Muthukumarana (Anuradhapura), Weerakumara Dissanayake (Anuradhapura), and Dunesh Gankanda (Ratnapura), had lost their seats, among others.

The number of seats obtained by the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) had dropped from 17 to 10, and its former MPs Mavai Senathirajah, E. Saravanabhavan, Kaveendiran Kodeeswaran, Seeniththamby Yogeswaran, Shanthi Srikantharasha, and Gnanamuthu Srineshan were among the members who lost their seats. About 16 former MPs, including former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Mangala Samaraweera, Sagala Rathnayake, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Wasantha Senanayake, Malik Samarawickrama, Faiszer Musthapaha, Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Mohan Lal Grero, and Nishantha Muthuhettigama, did not contest the Election. Their names were also not included in the National Lists.

 


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