Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena was elected President of Sri Lanka on January 8th 2015. The general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) had broken away from his party and contested the Presidential elections as the common opposition candidate. Maithripala Sirisena defeated his former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.The victory was hailed as a silent revolution. United National Party(UNP)leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed Prime minister of a Government that promised to usher in good governance(Yahapalanaya/Nallaatchi)
After eight months of the good governance regime, Parliamentary elections were held on August 17th 2015.The UNP led United National Front for Good Governance(UNFGG) won 106 seats in a hung Parliament. The SLFP led United Peoples Freedom Alliance(UPFA) got 95 seats.Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed Prime Minister again.
The UNFGG victory was described as a continuation of the Jan 8th revolution which brought about good governance.However the anticipated appointment of cabinet ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers did not take place. News reports explained the delay as being due to protracted inter –party negotiations between the UNP and SLFP. The discerning public read between the lines and realised that intense squabbling for portfolios was going on.