Unverified, Dubious Rumours Say AKD Hailed As Emerging Political Leader of Asia

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As the presidential and parliamentary elections are expected to be held by the end of this year or early next year, social media platforms have become inundated with dubious and unverified survey results. Amidst this deluge of information, the accuracy and reliability of these polls are increasingly questioned, fueling uncertainty and speculation among the populace. With the political landscape in flux, citizens face the challenge of discerning truth from misinformation as they navigate the upcoming electoral process.

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A viral social media claim stated that  Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the leader of the National People’s Power (NPP) party in Sri Lanka, has been hailed as Asia’s emerging political leader, and his party has been recognized as Asia’s emerging political party by an INGO after a wide survey in Asia.

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We decided to do a fact-check on this.


Source: The claim originates from social media posts citing a YouTube channel called Channel 4 News as the source. However, upon closer inspection of that related Channel 4 video, there is no verifiable evidence to support this assertion. The Channel 4 video presenter just says Anura Kumara Kumara has become the emerging political leader of Asia, as per some NGO survey, without citing the name of that NGO at least.

Mainstream News Coverage: There is no coverage of such a survey or recognition by reputable mainstream news outlets. If such a significant survey had taken place covering 48 Asian countries, credible news sources would likely have reported it widely.

International NGO: No international non-governmental organisation (NGO) has reported or published any findings regarding Anura Kumara Dissanayake or the NPP party being recognised as Asia’s emerging political leader or party. It is improbable that such a survey conducted by an international NGO would go unnoticed or unreported.

Confirmation from Channel 4 News: Attempts to verify the claim directly with Channel 4 News have not yielded a response from the editor, further raising doubts about its credibility.

NPP media unit also stated they are not aware of any such survey done by an INGO throughout Asia 

Given the lack of verifiable evidence and the absence of credible sources corroborating the claim, it is reasonable to conclude that the assertion about Anura Kumara Dissanayake and the NPP party’s recognition as Asia’s emerging political leader and party is unsubstantiated and likely false. It is essential to rely on credible sources and verified information when assessing such claims.

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Title:Unverified, Dubious Rumours Say AKD Hailed As Emerging Political Leader of Asia

Fact Check By: Fact Crescendo Team 

Result: Missing Context

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