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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

UNP Executive Committee temporarily resolved its internal crisis to strengthen the future Party activities

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Colombo, 18 June, ( The UNP Executive Committee resolved its internal crisis to strengthen the future Party activities .The Working Committee appointed a Committee comprising Senior members of the party which included Parliamentarians, Joseph Michael Perera, John Amaratunge, Jaywickrema Perera , Amara Ratnayake and Renuka Herath to look into and strengthen the future activities of the Party.

The heated Executive Committee meeting of the United National Party (UNP) that took place yesterday ended up with a decision to pass the party leadership crisis to a council of senior members.

However, UNP front-liners Lakshman Seneviratne and Johnston Fernando criticized the party hierarchy at the Working Committee meeting yesterday and said the party had suffered a series of election defeats under the present leadership.

They said the party had failed to win the support of a majority of Buddhist monks and Sinhala Buddhist voters at previous elections, and therefore the present leadership should make certain sacrifices if the UNP was to move forward.

Mr. Fernando even suggested that Chairman Rukman Senanayake be appointed UNP leader and was critical of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who had not played a proactive role at the Eastern Provincial Council election.

However, party senior member Renuka Herath said that the UNP should mend its fences and resolve its problems especially at a time when a crucial election had been declared. She said the party had to campaign without getting embroiled in internal disharmony.

Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said people expect the UNP to play a greater role on their behalf at this critical juncture, and the party should not breach this trust at any cost.

Most of the party seniors spoke in support of the leader.

- Asian Tribune -

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