Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Padujana Party has won a single majority in the country's parliamentary elections. In particular, they will bring the police force and the judiciary under their control by amending the constitution. A president's term can also be abolished if he is in power too long.
President Gotabaya Rajapakse and his brother Mahinda Rajapakse now own the entire power structure.
Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections were held on Wednesday. The final result was announced on Friday.
Out of 225 seats, SLPP won 145. Apart from this, their candidates won in five constituencies as well. Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party got only one seat. Mahinda was the president from 2005 to 2015.
He was ousted due to party conflict caused by nepotism and corruption. Gotabaya, another brother, was a top military officer who won last November's presidential election. He nominated Mahinda as the prime minister of the caretaker government soon after taking over as president.
The Rajapakse family begins a new chapter in Sri Lankan politics. However, analysts believe that the dominance of nationalist politics has increased in the country since the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka in 2019. Because of that dominance, the two brothers got a chance to come back to power. Sri Lanka was ruled by the controversial Rajapakse family. The dispute stems from a 37-year civil war that ended in 2009.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the civil war between government forces and Tamil rebels. Allegedly, the army killed 40,000 Tamil civilians by the end of the war. The Rajapakse family is blamed for this.