The meeting of UNP current leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa with the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was put off yesterday as Mr. Premadasa was indisposed. A spokesman from the Speaker’s office told Daily mirror that the meeting was put off indefinitely as Mr. Premadasa had informed of his inability to attend yesterday’s meeting. Both Mr. Premadasa and Mr. Wickremesinghe were to meet yesterday to decide on the opposition leader’s post.
No decision has been made on the opposition leader’s post as UN P General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam had informed Speaker Jayasuriya in writing to appoint Mr. Wickremesinghe to the post while more than 60 MPs have informed the Speaker to appoint Mr. Premadasa instead. It was also reported that Mr. Wickremesinghe might resign from the leadership before long. This was confirmed by the UNP General Secretary on Monday. (Yohan Perera)