2015 Parliamentary Election
The 2015 Sri Lankan parliamentary election is due to be held on 17 August 2015, ten months ahead of schedule, to elect 225 members to Sri Lanka's 15th Parliament. The last parliamentary election was held in April 2010.The incumbent United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), buoyed by the military defeat of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, won a landslide victory, securing 144 seats in the legislature.In September 2010 the UPFA, with the support of some opposition MPs, passed the eighteenth amendment to the constitution, increasing the powers of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, leader of the UPFA,
In November 2014 Rajapaksa called a presidential election, two years ahead of schedule, In a surprise move Maithripala Sirisena, Rajapaksa's Minister of Health, was put up as the common opposition candidate.At the election in January 2015 Sirisena inflicted a shock defeat on Rajapaksa.Sirisena subsequently formed a government dominated by the opposition United National Party (UNP). In March 2015 Sirisena formed a national government by appointing ministers from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the main constituent of the UPFA.