"Unofficial results showed that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was leading in nearly all the districts outside the north and the east and was on its way to secure an unassailable 51 percent of the total votes polled", the reported added.
In the first officially declared result coming from the Tamil-minority dominated north, (TNA) won the Manthai east local council in the Mullaitivu district with Prime Minister 's (UNP) coming second.
The alliance has won 272 seats so far and the full results will be known by noon today.
Election monitors said 15,760,867 voters, or some 70 percent of the total eligible voters, cast their votes throughout the country.
G L Pieris, Chairman of the newly set up Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna which is heading for a landslide victory showed that the Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe administration no longer had a mandate and it should step down.
Mr Sirisena faces a sterner challenge from his predecessor Rajapaksa.
President Sirisena was particularly critical of the UNP in their handling of the economy. Son of former President and Member of Parliament Namal Rajapaksa tweeted that the people have spoken their minds and that they want change.
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the UNP, Minister Kabir Hashim said that the masses have issued a warning to the UNP through this Local Government election.
Sirisena has targeted the Wickremesinghe's United National Party, dubbing it even more corrupt than the Rajapaksa government of which Sirisena walked out to become the then main opposition challenger.
In order to postpone the polls by a year, the government proposed an amendment to the Constitution to hold elections for all nine provincial councils on a single day.
Another key feature of the election is the 25% quota for women council members.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said the intensity of the bombardments targeting Eastern Ghouta began easing from Friday night. State-run news agency Anadolu said the incident happened in the southern border province of Hatay.
In a Saturday Twitter post , the president said, "There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone". Saturday's tweet follows spousal abuse allegations against two Trump aides that roiled the White House over the past week.
Kim Yo Jong, 30, is the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.
The temple, which will be built in stone, will come up off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway over 55,000 square meters of land. Modi was previously in Abu Dhabi where he iaugurated a temple, and signed close to five MOUs with the UAE.
This is PM Modi's first visit to Jordan and also the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 30 years. Modi's announcement came during the first-ever visit by an Indian head of state to the West Bank.
So, I've had a lot of time to mentally transition. "I really hope that I finish and that I'm hopefully in contention". The gear change from 3.60 to 3.50 will be mandatory for the 500-mile race, while the Clash will still run 360.
Earlier the deputy head of Iran's IRGC declined to comment on the reports , according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency . The Israeli army said the plane did not suffer a direct hit but was struck by shrapnel from a missile that blew up next to it.
In Dubai , Modi will address the Sixth World Government Summit, at which India has been extended "guest of honour" status. Never before has the Indian community in Oman been so excited about their prime minister's visits as it is now.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump posted a gif on Friday of Kim Yo Jong giving Pence what Bump described as "deadly side-eye". Kim is now among her brother's top 20 officials and is seen as something of a gatekeeper to the leader, the analysts said.
Most of the passengers were horse racing fans, as the bus was travelling on a special route for horse racing days. In 2008, a speeding bus careered out of control at a Sai Kung roundabout, leaving 18 people dead and 44 injured.
Trump signs budget bill to reopen government
Passage is all but assured in the Senate , but House leadership faces a hard road in moving the budget bill through the chamber. However, the procedure can be bypassed with an agreement from all 100 senators - but Paul would not join the gang.
Mourinho: I'm the EPL's best-behaved manager
Then, when your team loses the ball, you have to go to the other box because I think this is the meaning of the phrase box-to-box. Mourinho , who today takes his team to Newcastle , recently admitted that neighbours City are in control of the Premier League.
Man texts 'LOL' in group text as woman dies from overdose
Charges against Varela must be filed in Snohomish County Superior Court by February 23 for the case to move forward in the system. Court records say he told a friend that "she died having sex with me", and that he was having sex with her "to pass the time".
Trump pushes for more Republicans in Congress
Conservative Republicans also have a problem with the bill, they see increased spending as fiscally irresponsible. Trump's comments came at a White House round table with law enforcement on Tuesday afternoon.
Ronaldo powers Real to win
Eibar's eighth victory in its last 12 matches lifted it into sixth place, which earns a Europa League berth. Manager Zinedine Zidane said he would apply the same plan of pressing high up the pitch against PSG .
North Korea judged victor of diplomatic gold at Olympics
South Korean television showed its smiling president entering a reception room Saturday and shaking hands with the North Koreans. Communications director Jarrod Agen tweeted a laudatory review of Pence's evening: "VP stands and cheers for US athletes ".
Kim Jong Un's sister stealing show at Olympics
Moon at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday, in the highest-level contact between the two Koreas in years . Kim relayed the invitation through his only sister and trusted adviser, Kim Yo-jong, who met with Mr.
Winter Olympics results: Men's luge
David Gleirscher of Austria, who passed Mazdzer on his final run, took gold, and Johannes Ludwig of Germany took bronze. Loch set the tone with the first run of the day with a course record (that record was broken by Mazder moments later).