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* Defeated presidential candidate to contest Sri Lanka parliamentary elections
Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 08:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate and former military chief General (Retd) Sarath Fonseka today signed his nomination papers to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections on April 8th.

The retired general will be contesting from the Colombo district under the Trophy symbol of the Democratic National Front (DNA), his former spokesman, Sri Lanka Marxist party JVP's former Parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said.

Dissanayake told media the General Fonseka who is being detained at the Navy Headquarters signed the nomination papers this afternoon in the presence of Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala.

The new party under the Trophy symbol is an amalgamation between the New Democratic Front, party Fonseka represented at the presidential elections and the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna led by Somawansa Amarasinghe.

Fonseka lost the presidential race to the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa with a wide margin of 18 percent. Following his loss, he was arrested by the military allegedly for conspiring to overthrow the government by staging a coup with the assistance of Army officers loyal to him.

Since his arrest on February 08, Fonseka is being detained at the Navy Headquarters in Colombo. The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a fundamental right petition filed on behalf of him seeking his release.

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