ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ceylon under Senanayake

Notwithstanding the multiplicity of political parties ranging from parties of the extreme Left, like the Communist Party (Peking) and the Trotskyite Lanka Sama Samaj Party (Revolutionary), to the chauvinist parties and groups among Sinhalese and Tamils, the Ceylonese political system is today bipolar in character. With their bases confined to urban or minority pockets, the other parties have perforce to align themselves with UNP and SLFP or remain in the political wilderness In the elections, announced for this year, it will be once again UNP and SLFP which will contend for power. A major issue in the election will be the performance of the UNP-led Government which has been in power since 1965. This article attempts to assess this performance.

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