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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

President's victory defeats right, left and Vanni

[b]President's victory defeats right, left and Vanni[/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

The local polls held on Thursday constitute the second tsunami wave that has swept the nation in recent times. The comprehensive defeat (barring a few local councils) of all the forces opposed to President Mahinda Rajapakse has left the right-wing, left-wing and the Vanni wondering what had hit them. Its immediate impact is to sweep away the right-wing and the left-wing – the two main forces that were coming at him from diametrically opposite angles with two different objectives.

Of the two, it was the right-wing that felt aggrieved and mounted a rearguard action to undermine the mandate he won in the last presidential election. They launched legal challenges and hurled accusations of robbing them of their victory by eliminating their voters from the electoral list. Their objective was, as stated by their party spokespersons, to overthrow the President and capture power within 18 months. But the second tsunami wave had pulverised them with neither NGOs nor the foreign donors rushing to rescue them.

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