The United National Party (UNP) of Ranil Wickremesinghe and its allies swept 16 of the 17 electoral districts in the south as well as the eastern Trincomalee district. The newly-formed Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won the other four districts in the north and east. The United National Front (unf) and its ally, SLMC or the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, are expected to win an absolute majority in the 225-seat Parliament.
"People wanted a change. They wanted progress and not economic collapse. In the final analysis, the people wanted this country to be a modern country," says prime minister-elect Wickremesinghe.