Oct 07, Colombo: The Working Committee of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) plans to discuss today the setting up of a council to advice the party leadership and the Working Committee on future actions of the party.
UNP sources told ColomboPage that the council will consist of nine Working Committee members who will play a key role in making political decisions for the party in future.
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has agreed to appoint UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya as the head of this council.
Wickremasinghe has agreed to this proposal at a meeting initiated by the Buddhist monks of the party last Friday.
However, it is learnt that Jayasuriya would not attend the Working Committee meeting today, but would participate in future meetings.
The new council is to be appointed in line with the party constitution and attention is to also be paid to the representation of members from all ethnic groups in it.
Local media reports said that in a discussion with MP Lakshman Kiriella, Wickremasinghe had proposed to appoint a 21 member advisory body instead of resigning from the leadership and Kiriella has strongly objected to the suggestion saying that the party needs a change in leadership immediately and political maneuvering and temporary solutions will not address the serious issues faced by the party.
The internal crisis in the beleaguered party over the leadership has worsened with the party's humiliating defeat at the three Provincial Council elections held on September 21.