UNP dissidents led by Maithri Gunaratne launch new party


By Harischandra Gunaratna

Chairman of United National Freedom Front Maithri Gunaratne launches website of the new political party. Looking on is the President of the party Upali Amarasiri.

Pic by Ranjith Wimalasiri

Anew political party, the United National Freedom Front (UNFF), formed by some UNP dissidents, who earlier challenged the party leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe, was officially launched at the National Library Services auditorium yesterday.

Chairman of the party and former Provincial Councillor Maithri Gunaratne, addressing journalists said the party was for changing the present electoral system which served the corrupt.

Gunaratne expressed confidence that his party would win a large number of seats as those disgruntled with the current politics would back the UNFF.

"Our objective is to create a corruption free, law abiding and equitable society and will introduce new laws to achieve the goal, where necessary," he said.

"Today, the corrupt win elections as they have the wherewithal. A candidate has to spend at least five million to ten million rupees on campaigning and out goal is to change this system."

The former Southern Provincial Councillor was of the view that none of the main political parties had delivered what they promised and there was corruption, inefficiency in every sphere.

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