Sri Lankan leftist party vows to block ruling coalition's victory

09:27, March 30, 2010      

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Sri Lankan leftist party JVP or the People's Liberation Front said on Monday that their party will not allow the ruling coalition United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to obtain a two-thirds majority in the forthcoming parliamentary election to be held on April 8.

Tilvin Silva, general secretary of the JVP told reporters that it is a dream of the UPFA to obtain a two-thirds majority.

"The people in the country are aware of (President) Mahinda Rajapaksa government's corruption and malpractice," Silva said, adding that the people wanted to change this corrupt administration by the general election.

He said initially the UPFA's slogan for the election was " Obtain a two-thirds majority and constitutional change," but now they said there will be no change of the constitution as "they realize that taking a two-thirds majority is a dream."

Silva said it is necessary to implement the 17th amendment to the constitution paving the way to establish independence commissions on election, police, public service and judiciary service.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of the UPFA Susil Premajayantha said the government has not changed its slogan and it is very confident of a two-thirds majority in the election.

He said the UPFA leader and incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa won the January 26 presidential election by 1.8 million votes and it is the sign of the UPFA's victory in the parliamentary election.

The island's parliament was dissolved by Rajapaksa on February 9 and the next parliament is scheduled to meet on April 22.

Source: Xinhua
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