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* Sri Lanka opposition parties say they field strong teams
Fri, Feb 26, 2010, 09:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 26, Colombo: The opposition parties contesting the parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka say they fielded strong teams of candidates to run against the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

The UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake speaking to the media after handing over of the United National Front national list at the Elections Secretariat today said they included candidates of a wide spectrum of careers , including professionals, intellectuals, and artistes.

Media spokesman for UNF Gayantha Karunathilleka said the party has fielded strong teams for each district.

Vijitha Herath, Secretary of the Democratic National alliance (DNA), the coalition between the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka led Democratic National Front (DNF), said they contest the election under the title of a law abiding country and a future full of freedom.

The DNA under the leadership of the detained General Fonseka is to hold political propaganda rallies at rural and national level staring from Colombo.

The United People's Freedom Alliance, the UNF and the Democratic National Front have fielded candidates for all 22 districts including the Tamil-dominated district in the North and East.

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