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* Sri Lanka's main opposition coalition in last ditch attempt to retain DPF in the alliance
Thu, Apr 29, 2010, 09:22 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 29, Colombo: The main opposition coalition UNF led by the United National Party (UNP) is to hold a final discussion today (29) with one of its constituent parties, the Democratic People's Front (DPF) to resolve the crisis that has arisen over the UNP's National List appointments.

UNF Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem, and SLFP (M) Wing Leader Mangala Samaraweera are to attend the meeting with the DPF.

Discussions between the UNF leaders and DPF Colombo District parliamentarian Prabha Ganeshan held yesterday (28) in order to try to secure a National List slot for DPF Leader Mano Ganeshan had failed.

Former parliamentarian Mano Ganeshan, who contested the general election under the UNF ticket from the Kandy District, failed to secure a seat in parliament. The DPF secured only one seat through the UNF from the Colombo District.

However, the DPF is currently considering the option of acting independently in parliament after quitting the UNF following the issues over the UNP's failure to allocate a National List slot to the party.

The DPF has reportedly prepared a letter to be sent to the Acting Secretary General of Parliament of the party's decision to sit independently, in the event the final discussions with the UNF ends in failure.

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