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Sri Lanka is a very political country. With two major parties, the United National Party and the Peoples Alliance (formerly the Sri Lanka Freedom Party) and many minor parties there is almost always something to talk about at cocktail parties (or on the bus, in the car or any where you gather.)

While a section of the country votes along the party lines, many of the votes are cast on personalities (and sometimes on issues.) This has given rise to a large number of film stars getting into politics.