Ex army chief to form new party

fonseka     Former Sri Lanka Army commander Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday filed papers to register a new political party in the island nation under his leadership.

Fonseka, who filed his party papers at the Elections Department Tuesday, issued an open invitation for any political party member to join his new party in a move to form a strong opposition, reported Xinhua.

Sri Lanka’s Democratic National Alliance (DNA) MP Jayantha Kettagoda will function as the general secretary of the party, Fonseka said.

Fonseka contested the 2010 presidential elections in the island nation under the Democratic National Alliance but lost the race to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

On Nov 29, 2009, Fonseka formally announced his candidature in the 2010 Sri Lankan presidential election. His candidacy was endorsed by the main opposition parties and Fonseka became the main opposition candidate challenging President Rajapaksa. He campaigned under the sign of a swan.

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