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* Sri Lanka ruling United National Party marks 71st anniversary today
Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 10:10 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling United National Party (UNP) marks the 71st anniversary of the party today and a religious ceremony will be held at the party headquarters Sirikotha today under the patronage of party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The Main ceremony will be held in Seewali grounds in Ratnapura on Sunday (10) at 3 p.m. under the patronage of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

United National Party General Secretary, Minister Kabir Hashim said the party decided to hold the anniversary celebrations out of Colombo this year.

The UNP was founded on 6 September 1946 by amalgamating three right-leaning pro-dominion parties from the majority Sinhalese community and minority Tamil and Muslim communities under the leadership of D.S. Senanayake, who became the island's first Prime Minister, in a bid to gain independence from the British rule.

 

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