United National Front (Sri Lanka)
||It has been suggested that United National Front for Good Governance be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since August 2015.|
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2013)|
|United National Front
Eksath Jathika Peramuna
එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණ
ஐக்கிய தேசிய முன்னணி
|Headquarters||Sirikotha Mandiraya, No. 400, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte|
|Parliament of Sri Lanka||
106 / 225
|Politics of Sri Lanka
The United National Front (Sinhalese: එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණ) is an electoral alliance in Sri Lanka, formed by the United National Party, the alliance currently represents 7 parties including the largest Muslim party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the Sinhala Nationalist Jathika Hela Urumaya. The UNF is current governing party in the Parliament of Sri Lanka.
The UNF was formed as an alliance in 2001 to battle president Kumaratunga's SLFP led People's Alliance in 2001 parliamentary election. Initial members were the United National Party, the Ceylon Workers' Congress, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the Western People's Front. The alliance won the election by securing 109 seats in the parliament, which was 4 seats short of a majority. UNF government had been in limbo since October 2003, when President Kumaratunga declared a state of emergency and took three key cabinet portfolios for her party. During the campaign, she argued that prime minister Wickremasinghe had been too soft on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and promised to take a harder line. The UNF, for its part, stressed the economic gains that had been made with the ceasefire and the need to find a negotiated solution to the civil war. Eventually, President Kumaratunga dissolved the parliament and called an election in 2004, which UNF lost to newly formed United People's Freedom Alliance. In 2006, CWC left the alliance to join UPFA.
UNP and SLMC once again contested 2010 parliamentary election from UNF and only secured 29.34% of the popular vote and 60 out of 225 seats. After the election the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress left the UNF and joined President Rajapaksa's UPFA government.
The United National Front was once again re-activated by United National Party to form as common front against the re-emergence of Rajapaksa who was defeated on 8 January 2015 Presidential Election, with the support of many parties such as Jathika Hela Urumaya, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Tamil National Alliance,etc as a major coalition to support the progress of the Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena.
The UNF launched a new solution to the 2015 parliamentary elections by launching a new stage point called "United National Front for Good Governance" to enhance the development of the country. The JHU,SLMC and some others parties who had signed the MOU with the UNF.
- All Ceylon Muslim Congress (2015 - present)
- Ceylon Workers' Congress (2001 - 2004)
- Jathika Hela Urumaya (2015 - present)
- Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (2001 - 2010, 2015 - present)
- Sri Lanka Freedom Party (2015 - present)1
- Tamil Progressive Alliance (2015 - present)
- United Left Front (2015 - present)
- United National Party (2001 - present)
- Ranil Wickramasinghe 2001–present
- "Several SLFP members, JHU to contest with UNP". Colombo Gazette. July 11, 2015.
- "UNP approves United National Front for Good Governance". Ada Derana. July 11, 2015.
- "JUST IN: Rajitha Senaratne to contest under elephant symbol". NewsFirst. July 11, 2015.
- "Update : Arjuna, Rajitha, M.K.D.S. and a group of persons defect from SLFP and will contest under the UNP ticket from elephant symbol". Hiru News. July 11, 2015.
- "Update : MOU to form the United National Front for Good Governance in Sri Lanka signed". Colombo Page. July 12, 2015.
- "UNP forms pre-poll front". The Hindu. July 12, 2015.
- "Sirisena's Blessings for Anti-Rajapaksa Front". Colombo Gazette. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- "MOU signed between UNP and UNF partners". Colombo Gazette. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- "UNF MoU to be signed today". theindependent.lk. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
|This article about a Sri Lankan political party is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|