Leader of the United National Party (UNP) and the leader of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) Ranil Wickremasinghe succeeded in polling 500,566 preferential votes. It is the highest number of votes polled by a candidate in Sri Lanka’s elections history.
Ranil Wickremasinghe who contested from the Colombo District in the General Election which drew to a close on Tuesday(17) consolidated his victory polling 500,506 votes.
Ranil Wickremasinghe who has served as the Prime Minister on three occasions, is slated to take oaths in this position for the fourth occasion. He will equal his position to that of Sri Lanka’s second Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake who held the premiership four times and with British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone of Liberal Party who was Prime Minister from 1809 to 1898. History records Gladstone as the first British politician who held the premier post four times. Sri Lanka equals this position after nearly 121 years.
Late Dudley Senanayake was Prime Minister from 1952 to 1953, thereafter for a brief term in 1960 and then from 1965 to 1970.