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Second level leadership needed soon: RW

7 September 2016 07:16 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the United National Party (UNP) that someone from the second level leadership should take over the party before long, party sources said.

“I was the leader of the party when it celebrated its 50th anniversary and now when it celebrates the 70th anniversary. But I will not be the leader by the time the party celebrates its 80th anniversary,” he had told the UNP working committee last evening.

“Someone from the second level leadership will have to take over the party by the time party reaches its 80th year. But whoever takes over should be aware of the party’s past,” he had said.

He had also stressed the need for unity and the loyalty of party members.“electoral defeats which the party suffered since its formation had been a result of actions taken by its own members,” he had said.

The working committee meeting was held at UNP headquarters, Sirikotha, with the participation of all of the party’s Mps.according to sources Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka had also participated in the meeting.

Informed sources said the working committee had approved a proposal to introduce a set of policies for the party.this will be in addition to the constitution of the party. Some of the policies are to ensure a proper place for women and the youth in the party. This is to be adopted at the convention on Saturday.

  Comments - 11

  • Gammang Pillai Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:27 AM

    Please consider Gamman pillai and Weerawansa for 3rd level (grade) leadership.

    Unchikun Wednesday, 07 September 2016 10:38 AM

    Frankly this is long overdue. There is presently no leadership in the UNP. The UNP is in power due to the power of the "Swan". Better for all the old bags to give way for a clean and green leadership.

    kaboos Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:54 AM

    yes it is good decision and shows your origin.Try and accommodate young leaders with best professional qualifications. Everyone of them should declare their assess-ts to the election commission

    dev Wednesday, 07 September 2016 12:04 PM

    Any Suggestions?

    Scorp Wednesday, 07 September 2016 12:07 PM

    That means he will be there for another 10 years. In 10 years we may very well be voting for Bharathiya Janatha Pakshaya at this rate.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 07 September 2016 12:14 PM

    Please don't make Sajith Premadasa hold this post. It will be a re-run of Mahinda type of governance but this time by UNP.

    Neha Wednesday, 07 September 2016 12:34 PM

    Dont insult mahinda. Mahinda took a failing state from CBK and made it a little better. Sajith is good to run a bulath kadey.

    Nish Wednesday, 07 September 2016 12:43 PM

    That is if Sajith can win. Sajith cant manage the JVP. Sajith wont have the support of Sinhalese. Sajith wont be backed by the foreign embassies. SLFP with the right leadership will run circles around Sajith.

    suranjith Wednesday, 07 September 2016 01:15 PM

    Dont insult sajith without knowing his capabilities IF IT IS NOT SAJITH recommend anyone better than sajith ? others are no where near Sajith

    Citizen Wednesday, 07 September 2016 03:01 PM

    If not for the support you got from MR you won't be the party leader today.

    waco Wednesday, 07 September 2016 04:14 PM

    Very correct.


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