Ranil to continue as UNP leader, SP as alliance leader : Akila

Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue as United National Party (UNP) Leader while Sajith Premadasa has been appointed leader of the UNP led alliance,  UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today.

Kariyawasam made these comments following the UNP Working Committee(WC) meeting held at Sirikotha – UNP Headquarters today.

Kariyawasam said the new WC  had decided to appoint Premadasa as Prime Ministerial candidate as well.

He added that Premadasa will also lead the election campaign for the forthcoming parliamentary election.

Kariyawasam said 37 members were present from the 59 members newly appointed to the WC.

He said only 16 members had not shown up while 6 members had informed the party that they will not be attending the meeting.

He added that MP Ajith P Perera and MP Sarath Fonseka had been excluded form the WC due to disciplinary issues.