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Opposition unites against Lanka prez

Sri Lanka's opposition parties, including the country's main Tamil party TNA, on Monday 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 on Monday. ‘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 polls are not due till 2016.
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