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* Two main opposition alliances launch manifestos for Sri Lanka election
Tue, Mar 16, 2010, 07:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 16, Colombo: The two main opposition alliances contesting Sri Lanka's April 8 general election, the United National Front (UNF) and Democratic National Alliance (DNA), today (16) released their election manifestos.

The UNF released its manifesto at an event held at the party headquarters Sirikotha at 10:30 a.m. under the leadership of the party leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe. Following religious ceremonies, Wickremasinghe made the key note address and introduced the manifesto to the large gathering.

The main theme of the policies highlighted by the UNF is to reduce wastage and to bring about change to the current political structure. It is aimed to bring political freedom, national harmony, and peace and gives priority to national issues, the UNF said.

Some other objectives in the manifesto are to allow the public to decide on the need of an executive presidency, reduce the term of parliament to five years and hold general and provincial elections on the same day to save cost.

Meanwhile, the DNA launched its election manifesto at an event held at the New Town Hall.

The main aim of their manifesto is to strengthen democracy, work on national reconciliation, economic development, elimination of corruption and national security.

DNA Leader Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s wife Anoma Fonseka and DNA General Secretary and JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath presented copies of the manifesto titled 'Manussathwaye Sammutiya' to the religious dignitaries.

The party has also pledged to bring down the cost of living and ensure benefits for the families of soldiers who died in action.

The DNA has stated that it would abolish the executive presidency and scale down the emergency regulations to create normalcy in the country.

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