Sri Lanka’s main political party, the United National Party (UNP) made key changes to several party positions yesterday as part of long awaited reforms, post a dismal local election trouncing and a No Confidence Motion on party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramsinghe.
Despite many pundits were expecting Mr Ranil to pave the way for the next party leader to be in place, that has not materialized. For many it may the same old cliche’ where much was promised in terms of reforms but little has materialized yet again prevailed.
In the days prior to the No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, calls were made from within the UNP for complete reforms and restructuring of the Party, including its leadership.
“Again the ‘normalcy’ of continuing with the ‘tried, tested and failed’ leadership policy was the way forward for UNP as it seems” commented a political analyst who didn’t want to be named. “Seems like the premier changed many positions in the party except the position which is the white elephant- the party leader. This will play well with the opponents and yet again disappoint the loyal voter base.”
Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam who assumes duties as the new aGeneral Secretary said that several major changes were made to the party leadership such as the posts of National Organizer, Treasurer and Party Chairman were made.
Accordingly, the changes proposed were:
•Minister Navin Dissanayake as National Organizer
•Minister Kabir Hashim as Chairman,
•Minister Harsha De Silva as Treasurer
•Minister Sajith Premadasa as Deputy Leader
•MP Ravi Karunanayake as the Assistant Leader of the Party.
•Ruwan Wijewardena has been nominated as Assistant Secretary General
Party General Secretary Kabir Hashim had stepped down from his position in the wake of the Local Council election defeat.