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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wickremesinghe invites rivals to work together after election win

  • Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks as his wife Maithree watches during a media interaction at his official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Wickremesinghe defeated the country’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in parliamentary elections, according to results released Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, blocking a key step of his bid to return to power eight months after he lost the presidency. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks as his wife Maithree watches during a media interaction at his official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Wickremesinghe defeated the country’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in parliamentary elections, according to results released Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, blocking a key step of his bid to return to power eight months after he lost the presidency. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

  • ALTERNATE CROP TO DEL106 - Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree wave to media at their official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Wickremesinghe defeated the country’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in parliamentary elections, according to results released Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, blocking a key step of his bid to return to power eight months after he lost the presidency. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    ALTERNATE CROP TO DEL106 - Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree wave to media at their official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Wickremesinghe defeated the country’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in parliamentary elections, according to results released Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, blocking a key step of his bid to return to power eight months after he lost the presidency. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree wave to media at their official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Wickremesinghe defeated the country’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in parliamentary elections, according to results released Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, blocking a key step of his bid to return to power eight months after he lost the presidency. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree wave to media at their official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Wickremesinghe defeated the country’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in parliamentary elections, according to results released Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, blocking a key step of his bid to return to power eight months after he lost the presidency. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has invited all political parties in the island nation to work together after his party won the most seats in Monday's Parliamentary election.

He said Wednesday that he will be sworn in for a new term as prime minister and that party officials were working to gain seven more seats to give his party an outright majority.

Wickremesinghe's United National Party won 106 seats, seven short of a majority in the 225-member Parliament. Former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapaksa failed in his bid for a political comeback eight months after being defeated in a presidential election as his party won 95 seats.