COLOMBO, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition on Thursday blamed certain international groups for attempting to break the new alliance formed between President Maithripala Sirisena and his predecessor Mahinda Rajapakse.
According to media reports, both decided to work together towards the victory of their party at the August parliamentary elections after Rajapakse signed the nomination papers under the Sirisena-led United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
Weerawansa, National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and a strong ally of the former president, told reporters here that certain people who were against this alliance had also infiltrated into the UPFA and were trying to split the party.
"Certain local and foreign groups are trying to break the alliance between the president and Mahinda Rajapakse and some of these members are within the UPFA. These member are against this alliance and they are trying their best to break this," Weerawansa said. "We, as pro-Rajapakse supporters are trying to go on the right path to put this country back on track with the backing of President Maithripala Sirisena. This strong alliance between the two leaders will benefit the nation," the opposition parliamentarian added.
Weerawansa also confirmed that Rajapakse had on Thursday signed the nomination papers to contest the August 17 parliamentary elections under UPFA.
Rajapakse will be contesting in the Kurunegala district in northwestern Sri Lanka and the Weerawansa said the opposition is confident in forming a new government after the elections.