The United National Party (UNP) is to undergo changes with party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe expected to make an announcement on changes soon.
Informed sources said some of the members in the party’s parliamentary group had requested him to name a successor. Mr Wickremesinghe had then told them that priority should be given to forming a stable government first and then he would make decisions on the changes in the party. However some members had asked him to make an announcement soon.
UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim who spoke to journalists after the parliamentary group meeting said the group agreed that the party should go in for reforms. However he declined to elaborate on the changes.
Minister Gayantha Karunatileke also confirmed that the party will go in for reforms.
MP Dr Kavinda Jayawardene said the party had decided to make changes in order to make it a strong vibrant political force. He said the National Youth Front would make some proposals on the reforms shortly.
Former Minister Imtiaz Bakeer Markar was seen coming in to Temple Trees last morning. It was reported earlier that he was to be given a post in the party. (Yohan Perera)
Raj Gonsalkorale Friday, 16 February 2018 06:37 AM
First change - Mr Wickremasinghe should resign as PM and party leader and party should appoint Mr Karu Jayasuriya as interim leader for the next 2 years to oversee structural and philosophical changes to the party.The goal should be to increase the base vote of the party to 40% in 2 years. RW has failed dismally to increase the voter base and he simply is not capable of changing the party philosophy to make it attractive to non urban voters. The consequence of not doing this? The forces behind MR will rule for at least another 10 years if not more.
Sunil Friday, 16 February 2018 06:45 AM
"Strong vibrant political force"! They are strong and vibrant only when looting the country and enriching themselves. No amount of so called changes are going to change the ways these jokers are ruling the country.
Dhammika Friday, 16 February 2018 06:49 AM
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T A Meedin Friday, 16 February 2018 07:12 AM
Appoint Sajith as Party Leader and Deputy Navin and Chief Organizer to Harin and Chairmanship to Imtiaz Bakeer .
Lakmal Friday, 16 February 2018 05:12 PM
Dan Friday, 16 February 2018 07:23 AM
A leader who couldn't make changes to the party for last 24 years trying to do them now. Need we say more...............
Yeti Friday, 16 February 2018 07:24 AM
To a theater near you!
Sambo Friday, 16 February 2018 07:25 AM
The party cannot go any further with these people. First get rid of all the antiques and the rouges and then think of contesting. If not you can never go forward with this type of people at the helm.
cheers Friday, 16 February 2018 07:26 AM
UNP is currently in battle for leadership
Reader Friday, 16 February 2018 07:31 AM
When there is a crisis UNP leader normally come out with Reforms idea but they are done to his wishes with no democracy in the party. Executive Committee whose composition is under the control of the leader makes decisions. Why not allow at least all parliament MPs to make decisions for the party. Reforms / appointment of committees is the usual way to forget issues.
Wesley Friday, 16 February 2018 08:04 AM
Sajith Premadasa is the only person who can bring in good reforms. He has proved it by his works. Less talk and more work. Even people who favoured the previous administration have a lot of respect for him. He is not respected because he carries his father’s name, but has also proved to be a task master who gets the job done and by being a person with a genuine empathy for the poor. If he comes in as party leader the next government will be all green.
lanka Friday, 16 February 2018 02:33 PM
Sajith has a lot of unopeneed baggage especially 'Nidan Hora Kapu eva'
Era Friday, 16 February 2018 08:14 AM
Ravi, Akila, Sagala, Sujeewa, Ajit all tainted or inactive has to be sidelined immediately. Get Sajit, Imtiaz, Buddhika Pathirana, Eran, Dr. Harsha, and similar honest UNPer to the front. Ranil shud resign from leadership discretely.
Always Friday, 16 February 2018 08:15 AM
Always postponing on the decision of "successor". Please do not destroy the party.
ANTON Friday, 16 February 2018 08:20 AM
I THINK THE FIRST CHANGE WILL START FROM THE CHANGER HIMSELF.
Raj Friday, 16 February 2018 11:24 AM
What ever said Sri Lankan mentality is total differences when they accept MR again after knowing all is cases and also giving a masive victory 17 /17 win for colombo north when media talking so negative about Ravik I feel we need to give the leadership to Ravik what ever said all others lost their believe towards the people they didn't believe their leadership Ravik have proud he's with low level and top level people
MFSL Friday, 16 February 2018 02:03 PM
Winning Colombo North can be done by any nonentity including you and me if we contest under UNP. However winning Hambanthota which is in the Lion's Den is something which no one other than Sajith could have done.
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