Sri Lanka's opposition party to go alone in local elections

21:52, January 06, 2011      

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Sri Lanka's opposition party JVP or the People's Liberation Front announced Thursday that they would go alone in contesting the upcoming local government elections.

The JVP was the main sponsor of the jailed former army chief Sarath Fonseka as the common opposition candidate in last year's presidential election.

Following Fonseka's defeat, the JVP went on to form the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) with the former army chief and faced the parliamentary election held last April.

The DNA won some seven seats in the 225-member assembly. Fonseka, their leader lost his parliamentary seat with his conviction by a court martial in September.

The JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said the party would field candidates for over 300 local councils, scheduled to be dissolved mid night Thursday with a view to holding the elections before the end of March.

The JVP was involved in two armed uprisings against the ruling governments between 1971 and 1989. It entered into the democratic politics by participating in the 1994 parliamentary general election.

Source: Xinhua
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