Feb 02, 2020

UNP-led new alliance next week: High post for Ravi Featured

The Sajith Premadasa led new coalition United National Front (UNF) is scheduled to be registered next week, according to UNP sources. 

However, so far no decision has been taken regarding the symbol for the party.

Meanwhile, as decided at the working committee meeting, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has notified Sajith Premadasa regarding the leadership of the UNF as well as other powers awarded to him.

Wickremesinghe has also specified in his letter that Ravi Karunanayake should be awarded a high post in the new coalition.

It is also reported that once this new coalition is established under Sajith Premadasa’s leadership, Ranjith Maddumabandara would be appointed as its General Secretary.

Sajith Premadasa is also expected to appoint a nomination board to discuss with other parties willing to join the UNF and sign agreements with them.

Ajith, Rosie, SF and Imtiaz back in the working committee

It is also reported that Ranil Wickremesinghe is willing to include Ajith P. Perera, Sarath Fonseka, Imtiaz Bakeer Marker and Rosie Senanayake back in the working committee. They were expelled from the working committee recently.

Meanwhile, MP Ashok Abeysinghe who represents the Kurunegala District told the media that a decision regarding the symbol for the UNF would be taken prior to February 15th.

He also noted that thereafter the MPs appointed would be UNF-MPs and not UNP-MPs.

No one can forcibly oust me through thuggery - Ranil

Ranil Wickremesinghe meanwhile, said that no one could use thuggery and oust him from the UNP leadership.

He had said this during e meeting held between Tissa Attanayake and himself on January 29th.

He had said that those trying to grab leadership from him should keep in mind that he was awarded the party leadership until 2023 during last year’s UNP convention.

Wickremesinghe had told the former UNP General Secretary that he would only step down from the party leadership once he has found a proper person who could give appropriate leadership to the UNP.