The UNP today approved the United National Front for Good Governance, a new alliance with sections of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) to contest at the forthcoming General Elections under the elephant symbol.
The forming of the new alliance has been approved at a special UNP convention at the Campbell Park in Colombo.
Speaking at the convention, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the alliance would be registered after the general elections.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said they would take steps to develop the country while reducing the corruption when they came to power.
“We will provide one million job opportunities within five years and create 48 economic zones,” he said.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said steps would be taken to grant compensation of Rs.1 million to a family of a three-wheeler driver in case of a death of the driver in an accident and added that Rs. 25,000 would also be granted for the funeral.
He said the University Grants Commission would be annulled and a University Development Board would be established for the development of the universities.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) that was set up to investigate into the corruption and frauds would be legalised to continue the investigations.
Earlier in the day, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that several members of the SLFP and JHU would contest the general elections under the elephant symbol.
According to him, M.K.D.S. Gunawardana, Arjuna Ranatunga, Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Hirunika Premachandra, Champika Ranawaka, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana would join the new front.