Speculations on Ranil withdrawing from Leadership false. UNP Secretary blamed for comments before Press

Speculations on Ranil withdrawing from Leadership false. UNP Secretary blamed for comments before Press

13 August 2020 09:40 pm

Following the United National Party's dramatic defeat in the 2020 General Election, the familiar leadership crisis within the Party has once again come to the fore raising many cameras. Party Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam earlier told media that Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe decided to sign himself off from the post of UNP Leader. 

The United National Party will be reorganised under a new leadership, he added, following which many names have been recommended for the post. 

In the midst of the crisis, the oldest political party in the country is also struggling to nominate a suitable person for the national list seat secured in the 2020 Polls. 

Nevetheless, latest reports claimed that the United National Party continued discussions on the leadership and the national list seat, and Wickremesinghe has blamed Kariyawasam the Party Secretary for commenting before the Press that he was ready to withdraw from the position, thereby emphasising that he has not made such a decision.   

The discussions were also evident of the fact that the crisis may likely to continue, for which immediate solutions are yet to be addressed, according to reports.

Meanwhile, former secretary of the UNP and current National Organiser of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), Tissa Attanayake told the Press that Wickremesinghe will not be giving up on his position as the UNP Leader that easily, thereby suggesting that he is killing time, practising the usual habit.

MIAP