Sri Lanka ex president Kumaratunga declares open New Lanka Freedom Party HQ | Sinhala News

Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka former President and former leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has ceremoniously opened the headquarters of a new political party named the New Lanka Freedom Party (NLFP).

The NLFP, an offshoot of the SLFP, is headed by former SLFP stalwart and Kalutara district MP Kumara Welgama. The party headquarters, located in Battaramulla, Colombo, was declared open by former President Kumaratunga on Monday September 05.

Welgama contested the 2020 parliamentary election on the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) ticket but has since been functioning independently in parliament.

He voted for the interim budget for 2022 presented by President and Finance Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The SJB abstained from voting.

Welgama has long been known as a vocal critic of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose candidacy at the 2019 presidential election he had opposed from the start. However, the MP was one of the politicians subject to retaliatory mob violence on May 09, 2022, after supporters of the government launched an unprovoked attack on peaceful anti-government protestors.

Welgama is also known for his close relations with former President Kumaratunga, whose father’s party, the SLFP, has significantly weakened in recent years, and the MP had vowed to establish a new political force.

The MP recently told a TV interview that he is also keen to bring in Kumaratunga’s son, Vimukthi Kumaratunga, to active politics. (Colombo/Sep05/2022)

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