After tense meeting UNP fails to agree on party leader post

A crucial United National Party (UNP) meeting at the party headquarters ended following a heated exchange of words between rival camps.

The meeting was held to decide on the UNP leader post with Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa seeking to replace current leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

However Wickremesinghe’s camp and Premadasa’s camp failed to reach a consensus.

Wickremesinghe refused to step down and instead proposed the formation of a leadership council which will include himself, Premadasa and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

However, Premadasa’s team refused to agree and former Minister Harin Fernando threatened to resign from the party.

A vote was later called for by Premadasa’s team but Wickremesinghe abruptly ended the meeting and walked out.

Premadasa’s camp however remained and an unofficial vote was taken in which 52 of those present voted for Premadasa and no one against.

UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam later announced that a final decision on the party leadership issue will be reached on 24 January. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Ranil has too many skeletons in the cupboard, which he does not want others to know about?Why else is he not stepping down after so many defeats? His stand is not fair by the UNP and not fair by the nation.

  2. It is time for Ranil to Leave politics and prepare him to face the Bond Scam cases. He can use his free time to support the Government to bring back Mahendran, the great white collar Criminal. Otherwise History will record Ranil as the Criminal brain behind this, as some claim.

    On the Other hand whoever takes the Leadership of UNP must be fair to all Senior Leaders. If that person take a position as Late H. E. R Premadasa against Lalith and Gamini, Party and Sajith will be finished.

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