Decision on UNP party leadership unlikely soon - Tissa Attanayake | Sunday Observer

Decision on UNP party leadership unlikely soon - Tissa Attanayake

Reaching a final solution on the party leadership within the United National Party (UNP) soon is very unlikely, the former General Secretary of the Party Tissa Attanayake told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

UNP which claims to be the largest party of the country is once again in talks about making changes in its high authority and has now announced that the party will decide on its leadership next Thursday.

However, Attanayake who was the chief coordinator of Sajith Premadasa’s Presidential election campaign in 2019, said that UNP will further postpone the appointment of its leader like they used to do in the past.

“I am actually not involved in these discussions. But I learned that discussions last Thursday ended with no agreement. I ‘think’ the meeting due next Thursday would also conclude without a solution and they will further postpone it. In fact, the UNP has a tradition of doing things like that”, he said. He also warned that postponing is not an option this time as a General Election is a few weeks away.

However former Minister Eran Wickramaratne said the UNP parliamentary group will reach a final decision on the party leadership at Thursday’s meeting. This meeting will be a follow up to last week’s UNP group meeting to discuss the controversial issue of the leadership.

Meanwhile, UNP Parliamentarian Prof. Ashu Marasinghe said the party is not ready to entertain the proposal of the Sajith faction to hold a vote to decide the UNP leadership.

“Our opinion is that the party should face the General Election as a United Front with Ranil Wickremesinghe as UNP leader, Karu Jayasuriya the coalition leader and Sajith Premadasa, the Opposition Leader,” he said.