United National Party

The United National Party, often abbreviated as UNP , is a political party in Sri Lanka. The UNP had previously been the governing party or in the governing coalition from 1947 to 1956, from 1965 to 1970, from 1977 to 1994, 2001 to 2004 and 2015 to 2019. In total, the UNP governed Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) for 38 of 69 years of its independent history. The UNP also had control of the executive presidency from the presidency's formation in 1978 to 1994. The UNP is a centre-right party to the right of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, favouring a more Neo-liberal market-oriented economy. The UNP is also a member of the International Democrat Union.