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* Tamil party invites Sri Lanka's new Marxist party leader to join the struggle to 'eradicate oppression and tyranny'
Sat, Feb 15, 2014, 09:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has congratulated the new leader of Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Anura Kumara Dissanayake on his appointment as party leader.

The TNA has also called on the JVP to join it in the struggle to 'eradicate oppression and tyranny' in the country.

The TNA in a statement said, "Dissanayake is a capable leader, whose appointment strengthens the progressive forces of this country."

"The JVP has struggled to alleviate oppression and suffering, especially in the South, and Dissanayake has dedicated himself to that cause. He has displayed high standards of parliamentary practice and has been a vocal advocate of the fundamental principles of equality, democratic government, justice and the rule of law," the TNA said.

The party welcomed the "JVP's rejection of racist politics, its continued calls for truth and justice for those tortured, killed and disappeared over the past 43 years and its commendable campaign against corruption."

The party has also called on the JVP to work with the TNA towards the eradication of oppression and tyranny.

"The TNA looks forward to working with the JVP and Dissanayake in the struggle to build a pluralist society based on the principles of truth, justice and equality, with lasting reconciliation for all," the TNA statement said.

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