Monday, November 21, 2005

After the Moment of Truth

Finally its over! 2005 Presidential Election was held on 17th November & the Fifth Executive Prime Minister was sworn in on 19th. It was unbelievable in many aspects. First the candidate with more money, more resources & more media backing lost! Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe, who launched massive media campaign against his rival Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa lost by 180,000 votes. It’s not a huge amount, but a win is a win. Last few days before the election was a complete barrage of advertisements in electronic media by United National Party in support of their candidate Mr. Wickramasinghe.

But in the end Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected the Fifth Executive President of Sri Lanka. He got a huge majorities in south region ( Galle, Matara & Hambanthota Districts) & in Gampaha & Kaluthara Districts. On the other hand Ranil was not able to get big wins except in Central Province. And his strategies were blown up to high heaven when LTTE has ordered the Tamils in their areas not to vote. He was banking on them to make him the Leader of the country & it back fired.

Some try to say that Mahinda’s victory as a win for Sinhalese Buddhist extremists, which is patently wrong. There is no arguing about the fact that most of the votes for Mahinda were cast by them but Christians & Muslims contributed to his wins in Gampaha, Hambantota & Digamadulla districts.

Anyway now we have a new president. A man, who came from south. A man with a reputation of being a people’s man. It’s up to him to take our country forward. To give a solution the ethnic crisis, which can be accepted by all nationals. And it is up to us to give him time to achieve these targets & to guide him along these paths.

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