New Democratic Front (Sri Lanka)

New Democratic Front
Nava Prajathantravadi Peramuna
Sinhala name නව ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී පෙරමුණ
Tamil name புதிய ஜனநாயக முன்னணி
Leader Shalila Moonesinghe
Secretary Shyamila Perera
Founded 2009
Split from Democratic United National Front
Headquarters 9/6 Jayanthi Mawatha, Pelawatte, Battaramulla
National affiliation United National Front
Colors      Red
Election symbol

The New Democratic Front (NDF) is a political party in Sri Lanka. The party, founded in 2009, is an offshoot of the Democratic United National Front. It is currently a constituent partner of the United National Front.

Since 2009 it has been led by Shalila Moonesinghe.[1] The symbol of the party is a swan.[2]


Presidential election—2010

General Sarath Fonseka, a former Chief of Defence Staff and commander of the Sri Lanka Army, was the party's candidate for the 2010 presidential Elections.[3][4] He was contesting in the elections as the "joint opposition candidate",[5][6] and was supported by the United National Party (UNP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the two principal opposition parties, among others.[7] He was therefore one of the two main candidates for the election, along with then current President Mahinda Rajapaksa.[8]

Presidential election—2015

In December 2014 presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena deposited his bond for the 2015 presidential Elections, under the "symbol of the swan" of the New Democratic Front.[9] Sirisena won the presidential election on 8 January, and was sworn in as the new President of Sri Lanka on 9 January 2015.[10]


  1. "Attacks on media: The story unfolds". The Sunday Times. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  2. "Gen Fonseka signs nomination papers". The Times. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  3. "Presidential Elections - 2010". Department of Elections of Sri Lanka. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  4. "New Democratic Front hands over deposit money". Daily News. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  5. "Sarath Fonseka visits Jaffna seeking Tamils' votes". TamilNet. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  6. Amaranayake, Vindhya. "Record number of candidates". The Bottom Line. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  7. "Defending Democracy". Daily News. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  8. "Main candidates ready with manifestos". The Sunday Times. 3 January 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  9. "Maithripala Sirisena deposits bond to contest under swan symbol". News First. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  10. "Maithripala Sirisena Sworn In As Sri Lanka's New President After Stunning Election Upset". Huffington Post. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
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