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United People's Freedom Alliance

 

United People's Freedom Alliance

United People's Freedom Alliance
Eksath Janatha Nidahas Sandhanaya
Sinhala name එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානය
Tamil name ஐக்கிய மக்கள் சுதந்திரக் கூட்டணி
Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa
Secretary Susil Premajayantha
Founded 2004
Headquarters 301 T. B. Jaya Mawatha, Colombo 10
Political position Left-wing
Colors      Blue
Parliament of Sri Lanka
160 / 225
Sri Lankan Provincial Councils
269 / 417
Election symbol
Betel Leaf
Website
sandanaya.lk
Politics of Sri Lanka
Political parties
Elections

The United People's Freedom Alliance (Sinhala: එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානය) is a political alliance in Sri Lanka. The current leader of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is Mahinda Rajapaksa and Susil Premajayantha is the general secretary of UPFA.[1][2]

The alliance was initially formed by:

Contents

  • History 1
  • Political Parties currently in the Alliance 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

At a later stage ahead of the 2004 elections, the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and the Lanka Sama Samaja Party signed a memorandum of understanding with UPFA, so that CIC and LSSP candidates would take part in elections of the UNP symbol.

At the last legislative elections, 2 April 2004, the alliance won 45.6% of the popular vote and 105 out of 225 seats.[3]

In April 2005, a key coalition party, JVP, left the alliance, causing the government headed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to become a minority government in the Sri Lankan parliament.

In the Sri Lankan presidential election, 2005, its candidate, Mahinda Rajapaksa, came first with 50.29% of the vote. Again in the Sri Lankan presidential election, 2010, Mahinda Rajapaksa won the election obtaining 57.88% of the vote for his second term of presidency.[4] However his main rival at the election, Sarath Fonseka denied the result accusing the government of carrying out an unacceptable media campaign against him using the state media and manipulating the result and vowed going to court. But the government denied such allegations and imprisoned him on charges of treason and sedition.[5]

Political Parties currently in the Alliance

References

  1. ^ "New blow for Sri Lankan peace pact". CNN News. January 20, 2004. 
  2. ^ IRIN Asia | Asia | Sri Lanka | SRI LANKA: Testing times ahead of local elections in east | Governance Conflict | Feature
  3. ^ "President wins Sri Lanka election". BBC News. April 4, 2004. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka poll victory challenged". BBC News. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 

External links

  • Official web site
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