In five short years Mahinda Rajapaksa has transformed Sri Lanka, almost beyond
recognition. It redefines Sri Lanka as a country of One Nation, One People, One
Leader; patriotism is loyalty to the One Leader who embodies the spirit of the One
Nation and expresses the will of the One People. By implicitly transferring the
sovereignty of the nation and the people on to the leader, it has enabled the creation
of a National Security State, with a difference.
The incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest as the UPFA candidate, seeking an
unprecedented third term. He has also received the backing of a number of small
constituent parties of the UPFA including the Ceylon Workers'
Congress, Communist Party, Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), National
Freedom Front, National Union of Workers and the Up-Country People's