New Democratic Front (Sri Lanka)


New Democratic Front (Sri Lanka)
New Democratic Front
Tamil name புதிய ஜனநாயக முன்னணி
Leader Ariyawansa Dissanayake
Secretary Shamila Perera
Split from Democratic United National Front
Headquarters 9/6 Jayanthi Mawatha, Pelawatta, Battaramulla
National affiliation United National Front
Election symbol
Swan
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Politics of Sri Lanka
Political parties
Elections

The New Democratic Front (NDF) is a newly formed political party in Sri Lanka.[citation needed] An offshoot of the Democratic United National Front and a constituent partner of the United National Front, the party is led by Ariyawansa Dissanayake.[1] The symbol of the party is a swan.[2] General Sarath Fonseka, a former Chief of Defence Staff and commander of the Sri Lanka Army, is the party's candidate for the 2010 presidential Elections.[3][4] He is contesting in the elections as the "joint opposition candidate",[5][6] and is supported by the United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the two principal opposition parties, among others.[7] He is therefore one of the two main candidates for the election, along with current President Mahinda Rajapaksa.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Attacks on media: The story unfolds". The Sunday Times. 13 December 2009. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/091213/Columns/political.html. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gen Fonseka signs nomination papers". The Times. 15 December 2009. http://sundaytimes.lk/cms/articleXYZ100000010.php?id=4722. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Presidential Elections - 2010". Department of Elections of Sri Lanka. 17 December 2009. http://www.slelections.gov.lk/news.html. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "New Democratic Front hands over deposit money". Daily News. 12 December 2009. http://www.dailynews.lk/2009/12/12/pol20.asp. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sarath Fonseka visits Jaffna seeking Tamils' votes". TamilNet. 02 January 2010. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30925. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Amaranayake, Vindhya. "Record number of candidates". The Bottom Line. http://www.thebottomline.lk/2009/12/16/news34.html. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Defending Democracy". Daily News. 4 January 2010. http://www.dailynews.lk/2010/01/04/main_Editorial.asp. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Main candidates ready with manifestos". The Sunday Times. 3 January 2010. http://sundaytimes.lk/100103/News/nws_23.html. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 

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