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* Sri Lanka' Marxist alliance mulls expanding its coalition as a broad electoral front
Fri, Apr 30, 2010, 09:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Democratic National Alliance (DNA) led by former Army Commander General (Retired) Sarath Fonseka and the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna said the party was currently having negotiations with other parties and civil society organizations to expand the coalition.

DNA General Secretary and JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath told the media yesterday (29) that the DNA would be re-structured and new appointments like district and electoral organizers would be made shortly.

At the recently held general elections the DNA came in a distant third receiving only 5.5 percent of the votes amounted to 441,251 voters.

According to Herath, the DNA is continuing to have talks with parties in parliament as well. "Ours is a new alliance with fresh political aspirations," he said.

The party also accused the government of preventing General Fonseka's family members from inspecting the 25-perch plot of land given to him by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) in appreciation of his role in defeating the LTTE.

Herath observed that similar plots of land were allocated to the commanders of the three forces following the war victory by the government with Cabinet approval.

"Recently, General Fonseka's wife Anoma Fonseka went to inspect this land in Kirimandala Mawatha, Narahenpita. However, the government has now put up a police barricade at the site. She was prevented from entering the site," Herath said.

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