As published in Asian Tribune, July 13, 2015
By K T Rajasingham
Today the Memorandum of Understanding for the formation of the “United National Front for Good Governance,” was signed between the United National Party and National Front For Good Governance – earlier called Jathika Hela Urumya (National Heritage Party).
The main objective of the United National Front for Good Governance is to continue with the mandate people gave in January 8 – silent revolution , for a good governance in this country.
Yesterday, United National Party (UNP) approved the new political alliance at the party’s special convention held at Campbell Park in Borella.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the formation of the “United National Front for Good Governance,” which is to contest the upcoming General Election under the UNP’s “Elephant” symbol, was signed this morning at the Temple Trees.
UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickreme and UNP General Secretary Kabir Hasheem signed the MOU on behalf of the UNP.
General Secretary of the National Front for Good Governance Patali Champika Ranawaka and Chairman of the party, Ven. Athureliya Rathana thero signed the MOU on behalf of the National Front for Good Governance.
Most of the political parties which supported the January 8 revolution, the Premier went on to say had decided to go their separate ways at the upcoming polls but had later reversed their decision and had decided to stand united in the face of a Rajapaksa political comeback.
The Premier noted that the United National Front for Good Governance will be registered as a political party after the elections. He said that political parties in the United National Front for Good Governance have been given the opportunity to function in Parliament as separate groups as well, if they wish to do so.
It has been decided that United National Front for Good Governance would remain as a separate group in the parliament and act independently.
The new front insisted that the Sri Lanka should remain an independent, sovereign state and would oppose any division of the country.
Furthermore it has been decided that a common election manifesto will be published in consultation with all the constituent parties and groups.
Accordingly, a new political alliance led by the UNP, under the name of “United National Front for Good Governance,” will contest at the parliamentary election on August 17 with the constituent parties and individuals who have come forward to sign the memorandum of Agreement.
The National Front for Good Governance will be contesting from six parliamentary seats in the new coalition and Patali Champika Ranawaka will contest from the Colombo electoral district.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne will contest from the Kalutara electoral district while Arjuna Ranatunga from the Gampaha electoral district and M. K. A. D. S. Gunawardana from Trincomalee district.
SLFP members who broke away in opposition to the decision to grant nominations to Mahinda Rajapaksa, the alternative groups of LSSP and Communist Party and other groups too are in this alliance.
UPFA Western Provincial Council member Hirunika Premachandra has signed nominations to contest the upcoming parliamentary election from the United National Front for Good Governance. She will contest from the Colombo Electoral District.
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