United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to step down from the party leadership paving the way for a new one to take over, an official said today.
UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told journalists that Mr. Wickremesinghe apprised the party seniors of his intention to quit the leadership post.
The UNP leader mentioned seniors Ravi Karunanayake, Vajira Abeywardene, Daya Gamage and Mr. Kariyawasam as possible successors.
"National Organiser Navin Dissanayake had informed that he will support any decision made by the Working Committee regarding the new leader,” he added.
He said the working committee of the party will meet on Friday to discuss about party reforms.
Also he said the decision pertaining to the national list slot will also be decided by the working committee on Friday.
Mr. Kariyawasam said there is a proposal in the party that he should be appointed to Parliament through the national list while a few other names have also been suggested.
UNP National Organiser Navin Dissanayake also said that a new leader will be appointed to the UNP soon.
Mr. Wickremesinghe has remained the leader of the Party since 1994 , for 26 years. He took over the Party from former President the late D.B. Wijetunga, who resigned. He served as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on four occasions. (Yohan Perera)
Please ask him not to leave the leadership. He is the man of the hour for the UNPers.
Muthutantri Fernando Monday, 10 August 2020 02:47 PM
he should have resigned looooong ago
mnsmart Monday, 10 August 2020 02:48 PM
No difference, same result at the next election too
Sana Monday, 10 August 2020 02:48 PM
crafty individual Monday, 10 August 2020 05:40 PM
Another trick - then to get his henchman to plead not to resign - and then to carry on regardless
Manu Tuesday, 11 August 2020 10:03 AM
UNP never decided and will RW decide.
Manju Tuesday, 11 August 2020 04:49 PM
Look at the vehicles that these idiots use while poor people die without proper medicine and food. Wake up Sri Lankans.
V c fernando Tuesday, 11 August 2020 05:15 PM
I call this brain drain...he destroyed the party and let all the brainy leaders to leave the party. Now he is leaving the party after he has lost his own seat. As someone said, he should leave the politics altogether...
Chitral Tuesday, 11 August 2020 06:59 PM
I suggest Ravi Karunanayake, he can put the last nail quite easily and fast. RIP UNP
Upul Tuesday, 11 August 2020 07:32 PM
This guy is a shrewd person. He had been delaying this by saying different things all the time. If he is genuine he must have done this long time ago. I will not trust him at all, because, tomorrow he will tell a complete different story.
Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.