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Ranil To Remain As Leader, All To Work Together

Aug 17, 2011 10:09:16 PM - thesundayleader.lk

The decisive Working Committee of the UNP held on Wednesday (17) ended with both the pro-reformists and the party leadership agreeing to work together to bring victory to the party at the forthcoming local government elections.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told the media that Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya would head the election campaign as chairman of the coordinating committee.

The others in the committee include Co-Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, Party Chairman Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Senior Vice President Lakshman Kiriella and Joseph Michael Perera.

Attanayake said that both factions have decided to forget the past and work together with the sole objective of winning the elections and this was indeed a surprise.

He added that the incidents that took place prior to the Working Committee meeting will be forgotten.

However, there was cross talk and heated arguments at the UNP Working Committee meeting.

Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s supporters said the Working Committee meeting had resulted in a setback for the reformists who do not command a majority in the working committee.

Meanwhile, Premadasa said the process to unite the party and bring victory to the party would continue.