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Sri Lanka's Liberal Party marks 30th anniversary
Thursday 26 January 2017 13:01

The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka (LP – LI full member), which joined Liberal International in 1987, the same year that the party was founded, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. 

The secretary-general of the Liberal Party, Kamal Nissanka, describes his party’s search for a new direction: “The party is now in search of a committed full-time leader who is competent to understand both classical and modern liberalism with deep-rooted national issues and new trends in world affairs. As at present party is not in any formal alliance and engages in issue-based politics while discussing with other political parties and civil society organizations.”

The Sri Lankan Liberal Party, which was established 40 years after Liberal International was established, was created at a time when there was intense civil conflict in the country. Through the assistance of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF – LI cooperating organisation) the party was able to emerge from a Council of Liberal Democracy that sought to “discuss and analyse political issues both national and international, to promote liberal democracy in domestic and foreign affairs” into a party that contested and won elections.

An article outlining the LP’s political evolution can be found here. Pictured: founder of the LP, Chanaka Amaratunga.

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