Young faces in Parliament

By Natasha Fernandopulle

At Thursday’s Parliamentary elections 69 new faces were elected by the people to represent them in the Sri Lankan parliament, amongst them a considerable number of young people.

Political analysts view this as a new era in Sri Lankan politics where several young candidates have been elected to Parliament. The young candidates from the Badulla District are the UPFA’s Udith Lokubandara and Amith Vidanagamage, while Harin Fernando is from the UNP.

There are two young candidates from the Galle representing the UPFA and the UNP, namely Nishantha Muthuhettigama and Manusha Nanayakkara, respectively. The Hambantota District saw the UPFA’s Namal Rajapaksa being elected while from the Kegalle District Kanaka Herath was elected.

Colombo District saw the UPFA’s R. Duminda Silva being elected to Parliament while from the UNP Sujeewa Senasinghe is the new face.

From the Gampaha District the young candidates from the UPFA are Ruwan Ranatunga and Wasantha Senanayake, while Ruwan Wijewardena and Upeksha Swarnamali will be the young faces from the UNP.

The UNP’s Akalanka Buddhika Pathirana from the Matara District, Niroshan Perera from the Puttalam District and Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam from the Nuwara Eliya District were also young faces to be elected.

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