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Last updated: 22 February, 2010 - Published 23:40 GMT
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General's wife 'enters' in to politics
Arrested opposition presidential candidate retired general Sarath Fonseka’s wife Anoma Fonseka called the opposition to unite in an inauguration of a new political front to fight the forthcoming elections.

Anoma Fonseka
General Fonseka's wife after the arrest of her husband

In her first direct political act since the arrest of her husband, Anoma Fonseka said that she is representing the wishes of her husband.

"There is a kind of one family rule in the country. We have to unite to fight against that." She said while addressing the media in Colombo on Monday.

She said her husband will continue to fight against corruption and injustice.

General Fonseka’s wife was speaking at the launch of new political front, Democratic People's Alliance.

“People who keep my husband in custody are cowards”. She added.

I wish the parties who left us will come back to fight in a common front

 People who keep my husband in custody are cowards
Anoma Fonseka

We have a right to fight against the rulers who treat this country as their personal property.

The spokesman for the Democratic People’s Alliance, former MP Vijitha Herath said that they are still ready to accommodate the United National Party (UNP).

“We invite the UNP to come and join us to fight the election under a common symbol. They should think beyond their own party symbol in this time of need.” Said the former MP of the JVP.


However, the UNP said that they are not ready to give up the elephant symbol. The general secretary of the party, Tissa Attanayake said that the UNP will contest the elections with the rest of the alliance.

 All efforts to unite had failed so far
- Tissa Attanayake

“All efforts to unite had failed so far. We were ready to fight the elections under a common symbol in certain districts but we could not reach an agreement.

TNA split

Meanwhile two former MPs of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) announced on Monday that they are forming a new party to contest the forthcoming elections.

M.K. Sivajilingam and N. Srikantha declared that they had decided to leave the TNA and form a new party, Tamil Peoples Liberation Organisation

They said that the TNA had failed to deliver the aspirations of the Tamils in the country.

 TNA leadership is responsible for the death of thousands of Tamils

“TNA is controlled by three forces. They are the former MPs: R. Sambanthan, Suresh Premachandran and M Senadirajah, they act according to the wishes of the Indian government”. Accused the breakaway group.

MK Sivajilingam said the TNA leadership is responsible for the death of thousands of Tamils killed in the last pace of the war.

The new party will be contesting the elections in an alliance with the Left Front

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