Jan 15, Colombo: There will be no change in the leadership of the United National Party (UNP) and the party leader, former Prime Minister Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to function as the Leader of the party, Parliamentarian Vajira Abeywardena said in Colombo.
Speaking at a press conference held at the UNP headquarters Sirikotha today (15), Parliamentarian Vajira Abeywardena said Ranil Wickremesinghe has been elected as the leader at party convention convened according to the party constitution, and therefore, the party leadership could not be determined by a meeting of the Parliamentary Group.
He said that according to the party constitution, the parliamentary group has no power to change or remove the party leadership.
MP Abeywardena stressed that the parliamentary group elected after the general election and members of the party's main working committee must work together to take the party forward.
He said that not making any change to the leadership of the UNP at this time is an important decision to be taken for the betterment of the party.
The UNP parliamentarian further said that whatever meetings held about the leadership, there would be no new decision and that all forces acting outside the party constitution would be defeated.