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Sri Lanka Ruling Party Wins Parliamentary Elections

Final results from Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections show that the ruling coalition has won a landslide victory, but fell six seats short of the two-thirds majority that would enable the president change the constitution.

The results announced early Wednesday show Mahinda Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance winning 144 seats in the 225-member parliament.

The main opposition United National Party secured 60 seats, the former rebel party Tamil National Alliance 14, and the leftist Democratic National Alliance of former army chief Sarath Fonseka picked up seven seats.

The results were released after voting was re-run Tuesday in two districts where ballots from the April 8 election were canceled due to fraud.

The newly elected parliament will hold its first session Thursday.

The overall voter turnout was 61.3 percent. The elections were held just two months after presidential polls in which Mr. Rajapaksa won an overwhelming victory.

The two nationwide elections were the first peacetime polls since the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, following a 26-year civil war.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.