UNP Working Committee: Still no leadership change

  • Leadership contenders should be office bearers or WC members
  • Karu’s leadership doubtful with no party or WC post 

 By Our Political Editor 

The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee (WC) that met last evening (25) is to decide on the next party leader in the first week of September.

The WC meeting that commenced at 3.30 p.m. at the party headquarters Sirikotha yesterday, concluded after over two hours of deliberations, with the decision that the party leader will be decided early next month.

Accordingly, the WC is to meet during the first week of September.

Also, the WC reached a decision that contenders for the party leadership should either be an office bearer of the party or a member of the WC.

Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who on Monday (24) announced his preparedness to take over the leadership of the UNP, seems to be out of the names being considered for the party’s leadership; since Jayasuriya holds neither posts, it seems he is out of the leadership race.

A senior UNP source told The Morning that it seems unlikely that Jayasuriya could stake a claim to the post following the WC decision last evening.

“However, the Working Committee will decide on the new UNP Leader at the next Working Committee meeting most probably next week,” the source said.