UNP reformists yesterday decided that after the appointment of the proposed leadership council, the term ‘UNP Leader’ would be replaced in the party’s Constitution with ‘Leadership Council’ (LC).
The UNP present leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, could appoint three members to the LC and Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa and Gampaha District MP Karu Jayasuriya should have powers to appoint the balance four to nine-member the Council, the UNP rebels said.
The decision was taken at a meeting presided by the President of the United Bhikku Front, Ven. Girambe Ananda and Ven. Wadduwe Dhammissara Theras at the Kurunegala District UNP MP Ashok Abeysinghe’s residence.
The meeting was attended by MPs Sajith Premadasa, Karu Jayasuriya, Palitha Range Bandara, Sujeewa Senasinghe and Nalin Bandara. Prof. S. Dissanayake represented the Wickremesinghe faction.
Leadership Council hopefuls and former UNP Deputy Leaders Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasuriya endorsed the three points approved at the meeting led by the United Bhikku Front.
UNP Southern Provincial Councillor Maithree Gunaratne, who was at the meeting, told The Island that the first point was the composition of the Leadership Council. “The present leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, would appoint three members, Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasurya have already been appointed and the remaining four members would be appointed with Sajith’s and Karu’s consent.
Gunaratne said the second one was that the UNP leader post would be changed to Leadership Council in the party Constitution.
The third point approved at the meeting was that after the appointment of the Leadership Council, the Working Committee meetings would be chaired by the President of the LC.
(Courtesy: The Island)