Oct 19, Colombo: The three senior leaders of Sri Lanka major opposition United National Party (UNP) will meet again next week to further discuss the content of the leadership council that is to be appointed to resolve the leadership crisis, party sources said.
UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, former Deputy Leaders Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa are to attend the meeting. They are expected to decide how many members in the council and who will be appointed to the council. Also transfer of the leader's powers to the Council will also be discussed.
The three seniors met last Tuesday as well and Wickremasinghe during the meeting has explained the proposed council and its functions.
One of the key proposals is to appoint Jayasuriya as the head of the leadership council and for Premadasa to also play a key role while Wickremasinghe would function as the Opposition Leader and the senior leader of the UNP.
The next meeting will be held after Wickremasinghe returns from his private tour in Singapore, sources said. The meeting will be held at the parliament, they added.
The leadership council will include seven or nine members, according to party sources.
Meanwhile, state media reported that the UNP parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayaka has criticized the UNP leadership council
He has reportedly criticized the party for including "those who stoned the party headquarters Sirikotha and those who leaked party secrets to the government" as members.
Ravi Karunanayaka has also criticized inclusion of a higher number of members in the Council.