New Democratic Front (Sri Lanka)

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New Democratic Front
Nava Prajathantravadi Peramuna
Sinhala nameනව ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී පෙරමුණ
Tamil nameபுதிய ஜனநாயக முன்னணி
LeaderShalila Moonesinghe
SecretaryShyamila Perera
Founded2009
Split fromDemocratic United National Front
Headquarters9/6 Jayanthi Mawatha, Pelawatte, Battaramulla
IdeologyNationalism
Economic Liberalism
Populism
ReligionBuddhist
National affiliationUnited National Front
Colors     Red
Election symbol
Swan
New Democratic Front logo.png
Website
www.newdemocraticfront.net

The New Democratic Front (NDF) is a political party in Sri Lanka. The party was registered in 2009 by its founder, a British National named Shalila Moonesinghe is an offshoot of the Democratic United National Front. It is currently a constituent partner of the United National Front.

Since 2009 it has been led by a British National named, Shalila Moonesinghe.[1] The symbol of the party is a swan.[2]

History[edit]

Presidential election—2010[edit]

General Sarath Fonseka, a former Chief of Defence Staff and commander of the Sri Lanka Army, was the party's candidate for the 2010 presidential Elections.[3][4] He was contesting in the elections as the "joint opposition candidate",[5][6] and was supported by the United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the two principal opposition parties, among others.[7] He was therefore one of the two main candidates for the election, along with then current President Mahinda Rajapaksa.[8]

Presidential election—2015[edit]

In December 2014 presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena deposited his bond for the 2015 presidential Elections, under the "symbol of the swan" of the New Democratic Front.[9] Sirisena won the presidential election on 8 January, and was sworn in as the new President of Sri Lanka on 9 January 2015[10] after defeating the incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attacks on media: The story unfolds". The Sunday Times. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Gen Fonseka signs nomination papers". The Times. 15 December 2009. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Presidential Elections - 2010". Department of Elections of Sri Lanka. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  4. ^ "New Democratic Front hands over deposit money". Daily News. 12 December 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Sarath Fonseka visits Jaffna seeking Tamils' votes". TamilNet. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  6. ^ Amaranayake, Vindhya. "Record number of candidates". The Bottom Line. Archived from the original on 19 December 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Defending Democracy". Daily News. 4 January 2010. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Main candidates ready with manifestos". The Sunday Times. 3 January 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Maithripala Sirisena deposits bond to contest under swan symbol". News First. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Maithripala Sirisena Sworn In As Sri Lanka's New President After Stunning Election Upset". Huffington Post. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.