Oct 08, Colombo: The Working Committee meeting of Sri Lanka major opposition United National Party's (UNP) ended yesterday without any major changes in the party positions.
The Working Committee meeting commenced Monday evening, while a group of party activists staged a sit-in campaign against the people who are allegedly attempting to destroy the party.
The activists have handed over a petition to the leadership stating several actions needed to be discussed by the party leaders to unite the party. They demanded an immediate response to their suggestions.
However, the activists dispersed after the General Secretary Tissa Attanayake announced them the decisions of the Working Committee meeting.
During the meeting, which ended around 9 p.m., the UNP hierarchy decided to appoint a supreme council answerable to the Working Committee to run the day-to-day affairs that are attended currently by the leader.
The council will also decide on the party strategy to win the next parliamentary and Presidential elections.
Attanayake said the UNP had only discussed the policy decision to form a supreme council at the Working Committee meeting.
"Next we need to discuss who will be in the council, how it will operate and other matters. The UNP leaders will meet this week to discuss that," Attanayake said.
The senior leaders Ranil Wickremasinghe, Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasuriya are to meet this week to discuss about the supreme council in depth and to decide who else to be included in the high-powered council.
Party sources said that the Working Committee consented to a proposal to appoint Karu Jayasuriya as the chairman of the supreme council.
Meanwhile, UNP Chairman Gamini Jayawickrama Perera has offered to resign from his post.