Sri Lanka People's Freedom Alliance

The Sri Lanka People's Freedom Alliance (abbreviated SLPFA; Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පොදුජන සන්ධානය, romanized: Śrī Laṃkā Nidahas Podujana Sandhānaya; Tamil: ஶ்ரீ லங்கா பொதுஜன சுதந்திர கூட்டமைப்பு, romanized: Śrī laṅkā Potujaṉa Cutantira Kūṭṭamaippu) is a left-leaning political alliance formed in 2019 by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, Sri Lanka Freedom Party and fifteen smaller parties.

Sri Lanka People's Freedom Alliance

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පොදුජන සන්ධානය
ஶ்ரீ லங்கா பொதுஜன சுதந்திர கூட்டமைப்பு
AbbreviationSLPFA
LeaderMahinda Rajapaksa[1]
ChairpersonMaithripala Sirisena[1]
General SecretaryBasil Rajapaksa[1]
Founded31 October 2019 (8 months ago) (2019-10-31)
Preceded byUnited People's Freedom Alliance
IdeologySocial democracy[2][3]
Sinhalese nationalism[4][5]
Social conservatism[6]
Anti-federalism[7]
Anti-Imperialism[8]
Populism[9]
Political positionSocial: Right-wing[10]
Economic: Left-wing[11]
Parliament
95 / 225
Election symbol
Flower Bud
SlpjpLogo.jpg
Website
podujanasandanaya.org
podujanaalliance.org

HistoryEdit

On 31 October 2019 seventeen parties including the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and Sri Lanka Freedom Party signed an agreement at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo to form the Sri Lanka People's Freedom Alliance.[12][13] The seventeen parties were:[14][15]

The alliance supported SLPP candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in the 2019 Sri Lankan presidential election.[16][17] It had planned to contest the 2020 parliamentary election under the chair symbol, the symbol of the United People's Freedom Alliance's predecessor the People's Alliance.[18][19] However, in February 2020 the alliance submitted an application to the Election Commission to contest the election under the flower bud (pohottuwa) symbol of the SLPP.[20][21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Pothmulla, Lahiru (17 February 2020). "SLPP, SLFP to contest polls from Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Sandanaya". The Daily Mirror. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  2. ^ India, Press Trust of (3 August 2018). "Don't buy Lankan assets, may nationalise JVS if I come to power: Rajapaksa". Business Standard India.
  3. ^ "Re-nationalizing: New economic policy".
  4. ^ Perera, Jehan. "Prevent Vicious Cycle From Re-Emerging After Election". peace-srilanka.org. The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  5. ^ Jayakody, Rasika (8 October 2017). "Week of Masqueraders". sundayobserver.lk. The Sunday Observer. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Sri Lanka launches local porn star manhunt". Canada: National Post. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  7. ^ "The Politics of Demonizing Federalism and Depicting It as Separatism". Colombo, Sri Lanka: Daily Mirror. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Paradox of Pohottuwa's anti-Americanism with US soft diplomacy in Lankan politics". Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  9. ^ "A Heterodox Theoretical Model Of Rajapaksa Populism". Colombo, Sri Lanka: Colombo Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  10. ^ "The SLFP is in deep crisis". Colombo, Sri Lanka: Republic Next. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  11. ^ "The SLFP's crisis".
  12. ^ "Agreement signed to form Podujana Nidahas Sandhanaya". The Daily Mirror. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  13. ^ "31 October 2019". Ada Derana. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 31 October 2019.
  14. ^ Pothmulla, Lahiru (31 October 2019). "Sri Lanka People's Freedom Alliance formed". The Daily Mirror. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  15. ^ "17 parties ink agreement to form SLPFA". The Sunday Times. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  16. ^ Senarathna, Nuwan (1 November 2019). "Sixteen political parties back GR". Daily FT. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  17. ^ "SLFP-SLPP coalition, Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Alliance formed". News First. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Gota to receive 6.5 million votes through SLFP - SLPP alliance : Dayasiri". The Sunday Times. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  19. ^ Ferdinando, Shamindra (31 October 2019). "Coalition formed to contest 2020 general election under Chair symbol Gotabaya inks pact with large grouping". The Island. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  20. ^ Senarathne, Nuwan (18 February 2020). "SLPP-SLFP submit application to register coalition". Daily FT. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  21. ^ Mudalige, Disna (17 February 2020). "SLPP and SLFP to contest general election under new alliance". Daily News. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 19 February 2020.