Colombo:  President Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance on Friday clinched a landslide victory in Sri Lanka's first local elections since the end of 3-decade-long ethnic war two years ago.

According to the results declared by the nation's elections commission, the ruling party won 205 out of the 234 councils that went to the polls on Thursday.

In the election the main opposition, United National Party, could win only nine seats while the Tamil National Alliance secured 12 after contesting mainly in the country's north and the east where minority Tamils are concentrated.

Only four seats were occupied by the minority party ‘Sri Lanka Muslim Congress’ while another Tamil group in the Central Hills won a council.

Rajapakse has won a second term in January last year and went on to consolidate his power by winning the April parliamentary polls. The latest victory ensures his party's hold at the grass root level.

Compared to the January 2010 Presidential election when he secured 58 percent, the party has a slight down fall of 55 percent in this election.

(Agencies)