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* Sri Lanka Prime Minister meets with young party members to discuss a new UNP leadership
Fri, Feb 23, 2018, 09:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party today held a meeting with the younger members of his party to discuss future plans of the UNP and the Government leadership of the party.

During the meeting with UNP ministers held at the Temple Trees this afternoon, the Premier said UNP is committed to create new young leaders and a special committee will be appointed next week to restructure the party.

"We are working towards creating a new leadership in the UNP. While obtaining their views we hope to discuss the necessary revisions within the mandate given by the people, the pace of those changes and the new measures to be taken to restructure the party and implement the measures," the Premier said.

In a Facebook post following the meeting Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said the younger members of the UNP leadership were invited to the Temple Trees to discuss reasons for the local government set back and to come up with a plan within a week to address the issues going forward.

He said the younger members of the UNP leadership structure will be given the opportunity to develop a plan for next two years. The Premier will discuss the plan with the President and incorporate the views of his group and immediately implement the consolidated plan.

Ministers Sajith Premadasa, Navin Dissanayake, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Sagala Ratnayake, Harin Fernando, Eran Wickramaratne, Deputy Ministers Ajith P. Perera and State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe were among the young UNP members invited for the discussion.

"I am hopeful that as a group, and after obtaining views from experts and our own people across the country, we can come up with a winning solution to deliver on our January 8 mandate," Dr. de Silva said.


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