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The United National Party (UNP) politburo today named Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam as the General Secretary of the party while Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake was named the UNP National Organizer. Minister Kabir Hashim, the former General Secretary of the party, was named party Chairman.

State Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva was named as the Treasurer of the party while Ruwan Wijewardene was appointed the Deputy General Secretary and State Minister Ajith P. Perera the Trade Union Secretary. Minister Sajith Premadasa will remain as the Deputy Leader while Ravi Karunanayake will continue as Assistant Leader.

Mr. Kariyawasam, who confirmed that he had been named as the new General Secretary of the party, said the other positions will be finalized at the meeting of the working committee today.

Mr. Premadasa said the party leader had nominated the names for the posts while the politburo had expressed its views with regard to the reorganization of the party. He said everything will be finalized today. “I would like to be elected to my post,” he added.

Another politburo member, who did not wish to be named, revealed that some party members had informed Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that people expected something better. Mr. Wickremesinghe, in response, had suggested a ballot where the working committee and the parliamentary group are given the opportunity of electing office bearers for the party.

Politburo members, who had expressed concern about the people’s aspirations, have then said the parliamentary group should be briefed about these views before the working committee meeting. However, it has been decided to hold the working committee meeting today (26) to obtain its approval for the nominated office bearers. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Unchikun Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:55 PM

    Old wine in a new cracked bottle. Ha Ha Ha

    Sumal Wednesday, 25 April 2018 10:14 PM

    Kabir is the only old wine

    Jan Thursday, 26 April 2018 06:14 AM

    Ranil has once again missed a golden opportunity to regain the trust and support of the voters.

    Kumara Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:57 PM

    Any nominations for the most important position of Leader of the party?

    KannaSami Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:19 AM

    Most importantly next UNP presidential candidate(2018/19) or if going to abolish presidency, is that to secure present UNP structure or for the benefit of democracy in the country; solution for the national issues?

    Sam Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:57 PM

    All people want is for you to stand down. Give the people what they really want.

    Be Fair Wednesday, 25 April 2018 09:05 PM

    Sajith is a noted absentee...........

    Gamaya Wednesday, 25 April 2018 09:39 PM

    The rank and file WANT Sajith. Please dont stifle majority opinion.

    Ronnie Bugger Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:29 AM

    Sajith's absence does not diminish his standing in the Party.

    apantonperera@gmail.com Wednesday, 25 April 2018 09:33 PM

    THEY ARE STILL WORRIED WITH PARTY POSITION FOR YEARS , WE ARE WORRIED WITH TAXES AND PRIZES OF GOODS.

    Ceylon Wednesday, 25 April 2018 09:43 PM

    If have to ratify by working commitee,what need of this communist politburo??.

    Greg Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:40 PM

    For the next 2 years too they will be restructuring their party while not doing a single thing to the country

    Neo Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:41 PM

    The most important question is are they all Royalists?

    Dils Thursday, 26 April 2018 03:53 AM

    So finally the so called major changes finally done or do we have more to come .... and many more meetings??? Time is running out get to work and deliver the promises

    TREASURER Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:13 AM

    RK as treasurer would have been the BEST solution !

    CRAFTY WORDING Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:24 AM

    "Minister Sajith Premadasa will remain as the Deputy Leader and Ravi Karunanayake as the Assistant Leader." - Can some one unravel how to interpret the wording - does s the word "remain" apply to RK OR should be that "RK is appointed as Assistant leader" ? Whom are the UNP trying to fool by such crafty wording of the statement.?

    ediri seneviratne Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:50 AM

    A kind of Political Musical Chairs I believe.

    Citizen Thursday, 26 April 2018 05:36 AM

    RK assistant leader? You can fool the people at times but you can't fool the people all the time. UNP heading for landslide defeat in future elections.

    Arnold Thursday, 26 April 2018 06:24 AM

    OK OK keep your positions, and the money. BUT PLEASE DO SOMETHING TO STOP THE FAST DEVALUATION OF THE RUPEE.

    reluctant tax payer Thursday, 26 April 2018 06:27 AM

    we don't care about your positions. we elected you to do something for us like you promised......to put the robbers and murderers behind bars, bring back the robbed loot to fill the coffers instead you are taxing everyone earning a paltry Rs100,000 per month. Sri Lanka's cost of living is among the highest in the region with average monthly house rent in WP around Rs50,000/-. CAN YOU MINISTERS LIVE ON A SALARY OF RS100,000 SUPPORTING A FAMILY AND PAYING RENT AND ALL SUNDRIES OUT OF POCKET?

    Katie Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:38 AM

    Agree with "reluctant tax payer" my salary is 60,000/- I pay a rent of 30,000/- per month because I could not get a 2 bedroom house for less than that Can Mr Prime Minister put a slab on the rents which are escalating like nobody's business. Can you bring the cost of living down please. Do what is necessary not this nonsense

    mark Thursday, 26 April 2018 09:42 AM

    what happend to Imithiyaz Bakeer Markar - He was nominated as General Secretary . Who makes these decisions? See how the power was handed over to a new leader in Cuba recently. This is a total Farce. THE PARTY IS NOT A PRIVATE PROPERTY OF ANYONE.

    Labby Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:05 AM

    What's the difference in 'Chairman' of the Party, and 'Leader' of the Party ?

    Anil Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:39 AM

    Damn shame...The First Political Party in the Country.....but for the last so many years unable to field a Presidential Candidate...In the coming Presidential Election If the Party Leader is the UNP Candidate, he will loose to even a person like Wimal Weerawansa....

    surath Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:48 PM

    Hang Ranil wickremasinghe in a coconut treeand shoot him a thousand times worhtless bastard


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