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Navin to contest for UNP leadership


22 October 2020 07:35 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Navin Dissanayake says he has decided to contest for the UNP leader post if the current leader steps down.

Dissanayake said he feels he has the support of 90 per cent of members of the UNP who were in Parliament, to be appointed as the UNP leader. Speaking at a special media conference held yesterday, Dissanayake said that he has been with the UNP long enough to now lead the party.

He also said that in his opinion only the UNP Working Committee cannot decide who should be the UNP leader. Dissanayake said he would propose that the opinion of grassroot level UNP members be sought to appoint a new leader.

He said that the UNP lost the last Parliamentary election because most UNP supporters did not vote. Last month Ruwan Wijewardene was elected as the new Deputy Leader of the UNP.

Wijewardene and UNP Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake were nominated for the post of Deputy Leader. A secret ballot was later held among members of the UNP Working Committee and Wijewardene was elected to the post. Dissanayake said he did not contest for the Deputy Leader post and has no issue with Wijewardene 's appointment. (Easwaran Rutnam)


  Comments - 9

  • joshua Thursday, 22 October 2020 08:25 AM

    after Ranil steps down? Then it will be a long wait

    Waco Thursday, 22 October 2020 11:22 AM

    For the UNP to raise its head following people must leave the Party. 1) Ranil Wickremasinghe. 2) Ravi Karunanayake. 3) Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

    Roshan Rodney Thursday, 22 October 2020 11:23 AM

    Professor in deal...would sell the UNP and eventually it would become a pradeshiya contesting party

    Bandu Thursday, 22 October 2020 12:16 PM

    Steps down Ha Ha. Ranil has taken the UNP down all the steps to Rock Bottom with not a single MP elected in it's history of 75 years. Now Navin fighting for the carcase as UNP is dead.

    Shameless Thursday, 22 October 2020 12:37 PM

    When ! . RW will never leave even after his demise .

    Saman Thursday, 22 October 2020 01:36 PM

    Wijewardene and Kariyawasam are better candidates than others I believe Naveen apprently has not learnt enough from his dad who was a great leader with a vision that could deliver more to the country

    Madam butterfly Thursday, 22 October 2020 02:06 PM

    From the frying pan to the fire.

    Ahamed Thursday, 22 October 2020 02:10 PM

    Candidates more than party members

    Today's Man Thursday, 22 October 2020 06:40 PM

    It is all about marketing by selling your father's name. It is clear seeing the background photos.

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