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United Socialist Party
Leader Siritunga Jayasuriya
Founded 1989
Split from Nava Sama Samaja Party
Newspaper Sentharakai (Red Star)
Ideology Communism, Trotskyism
Political position Left-wing
International affiliation Committee for a Workers' International
Election symbol
Politics of Sri Lanka
Political parties

The United Socialist Party (USP) is a Trotskyist political party in Sri Lanka. It is a member of the Committee for a Workers' International. It is led by Siritunga Jayasuriya and publishes a monthly paper, Sentharakai (Red Star).



The USP traces its history back to the main opposition left group in the Lanka Sama Samaja Party, the Vama Samasamaja. This group were introduced to what was to become the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) in the 1970s[1]. The Vama Samasamaja became the Nava Sama Samaja Party when it separated from the LSSP in December 1977 following a number of expulsions from the LSSP starting in 1972.

The NSSP was a section of the CWI from its foundation until it left in 1989. Disagreements on areas of theory and policy (such as the analysis of Stalinism) with the CWI eventually led to a split[2]. One disagreement was over the leaders of the NSSP deciding to support the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord which led to the deployment of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in a document issued on 12 February 1988.[3] After 1989 the NSSP became a section of the United Secretariat of the Fourth International, while those still supporting the CWI became the USP.


In the Sri Lankan presidential election, 2005, its candidate, Siritunga Jayasuriya, came third with 35,425 votes(0.36%).[4] In the 2006 council elections, the USP won 710 votes (2.37%) in Eheliyagoda Pradeseheeya Sabha (Ratnapura District), winning a seat in the council.[5][6]


In October 2006 a section of its membership and central committee split away from the party. They accused the general secretary of organising a popular front style anti-war coalition with a capitalist party, the UNP, and of persecuting political minorities. They applied for affiliation to the League for the Fifth International in Spring 2007 under the name Socialist Party of Sri Lanka.

United Socialist Party was originally the name of party formed by the pro-Moscow elements expelled from the Lanka Sama Samaja Party in 1940, and which was dissolved in 1943 when the Communist Party of Ceylon was founded.



  1. ^ Trotskyism and Reformism Today - retrieved 17/08/07
  2. ^ Taaffe, P. (2004) A Socialist World Is Possible, London: CWI Publications pg.75
  3. ^ Moorthy, M. "A lost opportunity for Left in Sri Lanka", Militant International Review Number 39, Spring 1989
  4. ^ United Socialist Party (cwi) comes third in presidential election - retrieved 17/08/07
  5. ^ United Socialist Party (CWI) wins council seat - retrieved 17/08/07
  6. ^ Elections and the menace of war - retrieved 17/08/07


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