UNP Working Committee to elect office bearers

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If politburo members fail to come to an agreement

 

LATE-CITY-DM-4By Yohan Perera   

The UNP Working Committee and the Parliamentary Group is to elect all or at least some of its office bearers if its politburo fails to come to a consensus on the party positions today, some of the politburo members said yesterday.   

Politburo member and State Minister Ajith P. Perera told journalists that the UNP’s Working Committee and the Parliamentary Group will elect its office bearers if no consensus is reached by today. The politburo is to meet this evening once again.   


“The report of the Ruwan Wijewardene committee which was appointed to look into the reorganization of the party was discussed at yesterday’s politburo meeting and it was decided to implement its recommendations. The politburo will meet today as well and hopes to come to an agreement today. Suitable persons for the positions in the party will be elected by the Working Committee and the Parliamentary Group if we are unable to come to an agreement today,” Mr. Perera said.   

 

Suitable persons for the positions in the party will be elected by the Working Committee and the Parliamentary Group if we are unable to come to an agreement today


“There were different ideas on the appointment of office bearers. However, I pointed out that there should be democracy within the party. We the UNPers have a responsibility towards the country. If UNP fails, the country’s democracy will also fail,” he said.   


Minister Gayantha Karunatilake and MP Asoka Priyantha said it is likely that the Parliament Group and the Working Committee will get the opportunity of electing some office bearers while others would be named by the party leader together with other seniors. “We will be able to decide on some positions today (April 25).” he said.   


Minister Navin Dissanayake said the main objective of the politburo is to give a new face and a policy change to the party. “No one in the party is against the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. However there are different views on the other positions in the party but I would not call them divisions,” Mr. Dissanayake said.   


UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa said the UNP will get a new face by Thursday but declined to give any information. “I can tell you something today but things may change tomorrow,” he said.   

 

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