Ranil seeks to slash powers of party leader in UNP constitution

Former Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe has advised UNP lawyers to look in to the powers and functions of the party leader under the present UNP constitution and prepare a discussion paper to propose necessary amendments, sources close to Wickremesinghe said.

This move came amidst concerns by seniors in the party that the powers of the party leader under the present party constitution are excessive and therefore has to be revised.

Under the provisions of the party constitution, the party leader is appointed for a term of six years and cannot be removed from the post during the tenure.

Party seniors have reportedly suggested to Wickremesinghe that these provisions in the constitution be reviewed.

As a result of these concerns, the party leader has asked lawyers to prepare a discussion paper on the necessary changes to be made so this can be discussed and debated by the members of the party and finally adopted by the Working Committee. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. This is what is called subjective Constitution. When Ranil is in power he wants every power. Now when he understands that he will be chased away or removed, he does not like new President to have same power what he enjoyed. There is no question that the powers are excessive. If Sajith comes to power he will definitely use the power to sideline Senior UNP ers and destroy the remaining UNP.and Ranil will never be nominated to contest. Please understand the reality, Ranil Sajith issue has destroyed the voter base. Both Ranil and Sajith are answerable to the defeat of UNP. There are no strong personality in UNP to build the party. During Presidential elections, Sajith criticised Ranil and party Leadership more than the opponent. So on what ground he expected to win?. People voted for the better person in the foray.


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