They want Wickremesinghe to continue in the people-mandated premiership They want Wickremesinghe to continue in the people-mandated premiership
May 03, 2018

Name Sajith as leader to succeed – UNP backbenchers Featured

A group of UNP backbenchers is going to ask PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to name Sajith Premadasa as the party leader succeeding him.

Alleging a failure in the steps to reorganize the UNP, 20 MPs are boycotting the party parliamentary group meetings.

They have discussed among themselves and decided also to ask that the next leader of the party be either elected or appointed and that that person be tasked with handling election campaigning.

They will also ask the UNP leadership to strengthen the party membership within the next 18 months, noting that they had been ignored in the past three years.

A party backbencher has told ‘Ada’ that they wanted Wickremesinghe to continue in his people-mandated premiership, but that a new leader should lead the party.

The PM has appointed committees headed by Sajith Premadasa, J.C. Alawathuwala and Ruwan Wijewardena to reorganize the party.

The backbenchers want the implementation of the Wijewardena committee recommendations.

The Wijewardena committee report:

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