Ranil Wickramasinghe to continue as UNP leader

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UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam states that at the Working Committee meeting held today (30th) the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa has been appointed as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the General Election. He further stated that it is decided to give the Leader of the Opposition to him for the forthcoming General Election.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to take over the leadership of the United National Party (UNP) at the Working Committee meeting.

UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam stated that the UNP Working Committee has decided to unite as a party for the forthcoming general election.

The General Secretary of the UNP stated that out of the 59 working committee members, 37 members were present at today’s meeting. However, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and his loyalisits did not participate in the UNP Working Committee meeting.

Responding to questions raised by journalists, UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj said that action had been taken to suspend the working membership of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and MP Ajith P Perera on complaints regarding their anti-disciplinary actions and statements.