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Standing left to right – Mr. Dinesh Jebamani (Chief Manager Liability Product Management and New Age Media – Seylan Bank), Mr.Sudesh Peiris (Senior Manager – Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank), Ms. S.Senevirathne (Representative of the Revenue Department – Western Province), Mr. Tilan Wijeyesekera (Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking – Seylan Bank) and Mr. Malik Wickremanayaka (Deputy General Manager – Operations – Seylan Bank)

The new Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) alliance, if voted in, says it would renegotiate the terms of the US$ 4.5 billion in aid pledged by international donors last year.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the result of over 10 months of conference between the SLFP and JVP, is the first concrete step towards cohabitation between the two parties that have wide political and policy differences although sharing a broad leftist orientation. rn

rnThe agreement will see the formation of a new political partnership called the United Peoples Freedom Alliance that will act as a counter to the United National Front government. rn

rnThe alliance was sealed on Tuesday at the auspicious time of 10.40 am in Colombo, with SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and JVPs General Secretary Tilvin Silva endorsing the five pronged strategy to save Sri Lanka from lquote a crisis created by the Wickremesinghe government. rn

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