Sept 25, Colombo: A group of opposition United National Party (UNP) councilors of the Western Provincial Council has passed a resolution among them to propose a change in the leadership of the party after the party's humiliating loss at the recently held provincial council elections.
The proposal was set forth by Western Provincial Councilor Srinath Mahendra Perera, the son of the UNP senior parliamentarian Joseph Michael Perera.
The Opposition Leader of the Western Provincial Council Manju Sri Arangala has informed the councilors that he will discuss the matter at the party working committee.
Sources say that the councilors have decided to draft a formal proposal and submit it to the UNP leadership.
UNP led by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe achieved less than 28% in Central Province, little over 24% in North Western Province and only 0.68% in the Northern Province at the three Provincial Council elections held last week.
The main opposition party is plagued with inner rifts due to the controversy over the leadership of Wickremasinghe. The party has failed to win any major election for the last 12 years under the leadership of Wickremasinghe.