UNP to amend party constitution
Propose senior leader post:
The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee which met at the
party headquarters ‘Sirikotha’ amidst speculation of a leadership change
yesterday, has decided to amend the party constitution and create a new
senior leaders post in addition to the existing one.
The UNP media spokesman Gayantha Karunatillake MP said that the
Working Committee after lengthy deliberations had decided to appoint an
eight member Committee headed by party Chairman Gamini Jayawickrema
Perera MP to make necessary recommendations, which is to be discussed at
a special meeting scheduled for Monday.
In addition to Perera the Committee includes senior UNP’ers such as
Tissa Attanayake, S.B. Dissanayake, Sajith Premadasa, Lakshman Kiriella,
Lakshman Senevirathne, John Amaratunge and Renuka Herath.
UNP MP Lakshman Senevirathne when contacted said that the intention
of bringing in necessary changes to the party constitution was intended
at creating an effective mechanism to face future challenges by de-centralising
power within the party.
Meanwhile, senior MP Rukman Senanayake too welcomed the move saying
that the there was no dissension within the party and the decision to
amend party constitution had been arrived with the approval of all
However, when questioned as to who would be the senior leader of the
party and what would be the fate of it’s incumbent leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe several UNP stalwarts contacted by the Daily News
remained non committal.
The working committee meeting was also attended by leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe. Gayantha Karunathilake MP said that the recommendations
of the eight member committee would be taken up for deliberation at the
Special Working Committee meeting scheduled for 2.30 pm on Monday.