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By Yohan Perera

Former UNP Parliamentarians Association today unanimously passed a resolution calling the party to hold a secret ballot in a situation where a consensus can not be reached in electing a leader.
 

The association had also called for the granting of voting rights for the members of Provincial Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas in the event of such a secret poll.
 

Former UNP Parliamentarians Association President Mahendra Wijeratne told the media today that they had further suggested that the party leader Ranil Wickremasighe resign from the leadership in the event  the party cannot come together to decide on the leadership.

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  • athula Thursday, 14 October 2010 03:18 AM

    but only raneellil s friends should be allowd to vote

    meranchi Thursday, 14 October 2010 03:22 AM

    expel current leadership is little relief for unp

    Above the crowd Thursday, 14 October 2010 03:25 AM

    Tell it to the marines.

    H. Ppotter Thursday, 14 October 2010 04:25 AM

    Will this be like Mahendra Rajapaksha's magic hat choosing the leader of UNP capable of fighting 'Voldamots' everywhere.!?

    Imran Hameed Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:30 AM

    Ranil being kicked out is the best thing that can happen to the country and opposition. MR & Company is sure to have sleepless nights.

    channa Thursday, 14 October 2010 04:33 AM

    WOW...

    Fayad Thursday, 14 October 2010 04:35 AM

    Secret Or open ballot Ranil wants to remain the leader

    aruna Thursday, 14 October 2010 05:34 AM

    Good idea.Do u think RW will agree?

    Taj Thursday, 14 October 2010 05:39 AM

    Results already out Ranil will be the leader

    lankaman Thursday, 14 October 2010 05:45 AM

    even when current parliamentarians are not being listened to, I am doubtful whether former parliamentarians have any say

    thusi Thursday, 14 October 2010 10:41 AM

    Yeah ....then join the UNP again like SLFP(M) did...very good idea..

    Labby Wednesday, 13 October 2010 05:52 PM

    Pouring water on a ducksback

    harry Thursday, 14 October 2010 06:26 AM

    UNPers should start a break-away group (similar to now defunct SLFP(M)) and make headway with village people as well as Colombo elite as true representatives of the entire country.

    Hemals Wednesday, 13 October 2010 06:07 PM

    ballot box will be changed secretly :)

    jrj Thursday, 14 October 2010 06:41 AM

    U already got break-aways with no progress.

    Baba Boo Wednesday, 13 October 2010 07:03 PM

    Just kick Ranil out of the party and that will solve most of the problems not only in the UNP but also the opposition. I am sure MR will not like this idea.

    malik Thursday, 14 October 2010 06:56 AM

    People like to see thinks hapen overnight but it want hapen It will take time.Keep Ranil and other have to stepdown from there post give a good post to Sag.P

    Miles Wednesday, 13 October 2010 07:50 PM

    Dear Readers,

    I would highly commend this proposal.
    This is the most democratic reform. They all should vote for the UNP leadership election too. The former UNP parliamentarians (FUNPP) are democratic and they exercised their right to dissent with the voters’ decision and work in accordance with opposing ideals to meet the aspirations of government, which had a majority.
    Pursuing lofty ideals, FUNPP even joined the government to ensure the public aspirations in the manifesto, in electing them to parliament are achieved. The UNPP lost elections due to bad the rotten party hierarchy an policy, even appointing them to stand election! We would have known the truth the “first past the post” system

    Kamiss Thursday, 14 October 2010 02:17 AM

    UNP is not a family property. Let a secret ballot decide who should lead it.

    Lalindra Thursday, 14 October 2010 02:38 AM

    Good move

    Malin Thursday, 14 October 2010 02:40 AM

    Excellent.... excellent.... Ela ..... Now will the current leadership should listen and bow down to member opinion asap.


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