Ranil asserts himself as party leader

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United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe reaffirmed his position in the party as its leader yesterday and refrained from reappointing some key figures such as MPs Sarath Fonseka, Ajith P. Perera and Rosy Senanayake to the working committee, the Daily Mirror learns.

In the annual reconstitution of the working committee for 2020, the UNP reappointed only 59 members this time. In the outgoing working committee, there were 68 members. The working committee membership can be increased up to 91. The party leader has the discretion to nominate 20 members.

After the reconstitution of the working committee for this year, it met yesterday with Mr. Wickremesinghe in the chair. However, 14 members including opposition leader Sajith Premadasa did not turn up in protest over the exclusion of members such as Mr. Perera, Mr. Fonseka, former MP Imitiaz Bakeer Markar and Ms. Senanayake who is also the Colombo Mayor.

Inside sources of the party said that 37 members attended the meeting, and six others had excused their absence in advance.

The party also decided to offer the leadership of the proposed alliance with the like-minded parties to Mr. Premadasa though he was absent yesterday. Also, the party decided to nominate him as its prime ministerial candidate at the upcoming general elections.

“Mr. Premadasa is given time till next Thursday to respond. Unless he agrees, the party will look at alternatives,” a party source said.

Besides, UNP MP for the Gampaha district John Amaratunga reportedly said the government had become unpopular within the last couple of months, and there were enough and more young professionals willing to contest on the UNP ticket.

“We will give them chances to contest. The party should appoint the nomination board to interview them,” he said.

MP Mangala Samaraweera, who agitated for the presidential candidacy to Mr. Premadasa, attended the working committee yesterday. He said the UNP leadership should be with Mr. Wickremesinghe.

In the appointment of members to the remaining slots of the working committee, the UNP leadership indicated his interest to reconsider Ms. Senanayake. However, there was no such interest shown for the reappointment of Mr. Perera and Mr. Fonseka.

Mr. Markar had been nominated last time to fill the slots reserved for the former MPs of the party. A party source said the former parliamentarians’ wing should decide whether to nominate him for reappointment or not. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 9

  • Sunil Friday, 31 January 2020 06:32 AM

    Of course he is the best guy to be the party leader and lead the party to total destruction as much as he led the country also very nearly towards its destruction.

    Samson Friday, 31 January 2020 08:21 AM

    You are well qualified to remain as leader and destroy the party further because no one in history has lost so many elections. Shame.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 31 January 2020 09:09 AM

    Seriously, doesn't this old loathsome fart Ranil have anything better to do than Politics in his last few years of life?

    Bandu Friday, 31 January 2020 09:16 AM

    Ranil may remain leader of UNP old age group but remains an abject and utter failure as a leader of this country in the eyes of the majority.

    KOLA KOTIYA Friday, 31 January 2020 09:16 AM


    Clara Thattil Friday, 31 January 2020 09:22 AM

    Shame on you !!!

    ANTON Friday, 31 January 2020 09:36 AM


    Jude Friday, 31 January 2020 09:48 AM

    Ranil singlehandedly going to destroy the GOP !!! YEAH!!!

    Fedup with Ranil Friday, 31 January 2020 02:58 PM

    Personally, I would like to see Ranil made Opposition Leader for life .....

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