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* Crisis in Sri Lanka's major opposition due to Colombo Municipal Council, party sources say
Sun, Aug 14, 2011, 10:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 14, Colombo: Sources close to Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party (UNP) say that a crucial meeting of the UNP working committee will be held on August 17.

Party sources say that so far all the efforts of the UNP seniors to resolve the crisis of the party have been unsuccessful.

Internal sources of the UNP say that the rebel group led by party Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa is not giving up the fight to topple the leader since UNP has great prospects of winning several crucial local government bodies like Colombo Municipal Council in the election scheduled for October.

"A person that leads the election can boast about the victory and Sajith's group is in a do or die battle to topple the leader before the local government election," a UNP senior said.

Meanwhile, Premadasa said the majority of UNP Provincial Council members willing to accept Karu Jayasuriya as the party leader.

"We made these proposals to bring the unity and stability to our party. Our main objective is to install a people friendly UNP government which will protect human rights and put an end to corruption," Premadasa said at a press conference.

"We need to build a UNP which will win all elections. How many times has our party constitution been violated since March 23?" he asked.

The pro-reforms group of the opposition party urges the leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to step down as the party leader but remain as the opposition leader in the Sri Lankan government.

UNP sources say that the party executive committee will take stern decisions in line with the rebels at the upcoming executive committee meeting.

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