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The newly appointed 12 member committee which was elected in a secret ballot of the UNP Parliamentary Group will act as a permanent politburo of the party, Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today.

The politburo members would therefore be: Navin Dissanayake, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Harin Fernando, Ranjith Maddduma Bandara, Mangala Samaraweera, Ajith P Perera, Eran Wickramaratne, J C Alawathuwela, Ruwan Wijewardene, Gayantha Karunatilleke, Nalin Bandara and Asoka Priyantha. UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa and Assistant Leader Ravi Karuanayake will be ex-officio members of the politburo.

“This committee will be a permanent one as it was elected in a secret ballot and will have the power to make decisions for the party. Its initial task will be to decide on new office bearers of the party,” Mr. Kariawasam said. He said new office bearers will be appointed before April 30, 2018.

Accordingly, the Minister said the new general secretary and other posts will be decided upon by this committee. He revealed that General Secretary Kabir Hashim, Treasurer Eran Wickramaratne had already resigned from their positions from the party and others will also follow through shortly.

The Minister also said the present leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will remain as per the party constitution which says whoever holding the presidency or the Prime Minister’s post should be the leader of the party. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 10

  • GH Sunday, 08 April 2018 11:32 PM

    Who will care this as PARTY? Is this the need of the day? Utter Bullshit.

    GC Monday, 09 April 2018 01:24 AM

    I think you guys should not think about being 'permanent'. Otherwise, you will stagnate and lack good ideas later in the future. You all will become lethargic too. People also will get used to you and will not see any dynamism. So, please consider having only a limited time of 1 (preferably) or 2 years. Then, have a new election. Those who are not good will then get pushed out and new blood will come in enthusiastically to regenerate the politburo and the party.

    Major Gamage Monday, 09 April 2018 08:38 AM

    This is all theory.Nothing new can be implemented without changing the leadership.Otherwise the same old declining UNP party keeps continueing its journey to the cemetary.

    Jehan Fernando Monday, 09 April 2018 08:59 AM

    Khumbio in action. Ranil is playing the cards until the next general election and then handover to Mahinda. This is the master plan to protect the corrupt politicians.

    dulan Monday, 09 April 2018 09:25 AM

    Congrats for a very democratic way of electing Politiebureau members. Party democracy must come before one work on Countries democracy.

    Jude Monday, 09 April 2018 09:38 AM

    Hey all I care is, When we'll have Him.Sajith Premadasa as Leader of GOP !!???

    Jude Monday, 09 April 2018 09:41 AM

    Without further delay, have Sajith Premadasa as UNP leader, thanks!!! That would energized the whole party and whole of Sri Lanka,!!??

    EI Monday, 09 April 2018 09:53 AM

    So same leader and no change? Address the root please

    Senewi Monday, 09 April 2018 10:09 AM

    Nothing is permanent in this universe.

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 09 April 2018 11:32 AM

    The first decision of the committee will be how much the attendance allowance will be.

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