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UPFA aims two-thirds

Constitutional amendments before next Parliament :

* Govt at peak of its popularity

* UPFA candidates to take oaths on Feb 27

The UPFA has fielded the strongest team of candidates covering all social strata aiming to obtain a two thirds majority mandate at the upcoming general election, Education Minister and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said.

Addressing the media at the Mahaweli Centre yesterday, the Minister said the next legislature should be stronger and it should have the capacity to make constitutional amendments.

Priority has been given to youth representation including professionals, educationists, sports and film personalities, media personalities and women representation in nomination lists, he added.

Analyzing the results of all previous elections preceding the General Election, Premajayantha said there was no doubt that the Government would score a resounding victory as it was at the pinnacle of popularity with the highest ever majority recorded at the recent Presidential Election.

He said the people’s expectation of a ‘ believable change’ under a government led by Sarath Fonseka was dashed when it was exposed that the candidate himself was unable to cast his vote.

He said the UNP and the so-called alliance forged by Fonseka and the JVP have no policy or plan to develop the country. They are driven purely by jealousy towards the UPFA, Premajayantha said.

The Minister said UPFA candidates will take an oath before the sacred Sri Mahabodhi on February 27 before launching its campaign. National Freedom Front Chairman Wimal Weerawansa said that the JVP has formed an alliance with Sarath Fonseka but not with a political party.

He said this was a step towards changing the present leadership of the party.

Weerawansa said the JVP had come forward to contest the General Election without their symbol and also their party.

It is clear that this is the JVP’s final step to their grave, he said.

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