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* Sri Lanka political parties announce National List MPs to the parliament
Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 06:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major political parties have announced their National List parliamentarians to the seventh parliament today.

According to the proportion of the votes received at the general election, the ruling United People's Freedom Front received has 17 National List slots.

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) was allotted nine slots while the Marxist Democratic National Alliance (DNA) was give two seats.

The Tamil party Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) received one slot.

The UPFA's national list members include former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, new Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathne, former ministers Dullas Alahapperuma, Prof G.L. Peiris, D.E.W. Gunasekara, Tissa Vitharana, Githanjana Gunawardena, Achala Jagoda and Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, former MPs Ellawala Medananda thero, Muththu Sivalingam and A.H.M. Asvar, and new members J.R.P. Suriyapperuma, Janaka Bandara Priyantha, Rajiva Wijesinghe, Malini Fonseka and Kamala Ranatunga.

The UNP nominated party's General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, Joseph Michael Perera, Eran Wickremaratne, economist Harsha De Silva, D.M. Swaminathan, R. Yogarajan, Anoma Gamage, Hasan Ali and Saleem Mohommad as party's MPs.

The DNA has nominated Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Tiran Alles to the parliament while M. Sumandaran has been nominated from ITAK.

All the elected and appointed parliamentarian will take a collective oath tomorrow when the new parliament convenes.

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