Sri Lanka opposition forms alliance to topple Rajapaksa govt
Colombo: Sri Lanka's opposition parties, including the country's main Tamil party TNA, today joined hands to form a new alliance aimed at toppling the Rajapaksa government.
The leaders of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) and th TNA along with leaders of other small parties entered a memorandum of understanding today.
"Our aim is to change the regime. So we invite everyone to join hands with us", UNP and main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
"We have joined together despite our political differences. The Rajapaksa regime would not go merely because we ask them to go. We may have to get into streets to force the regime out," Wickremesinghe said.
Wickremesinghe said the parties in the alliance are free to contest on their own in an election.
Mano Ganesan the leader of a Tamil party said all forces must get together to ensure democratic freedoms in the island.
The next parliamentary election and the next presidential election are not due in Sri Lanka until 2016, However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is constitutionally empowered to call snap elections.