Jan 13, Colombo: The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) has made new appointments to top posts in the party when the Working Committee convened on Wednesday (13) under the patronage of the party leader.
However, no change has been made to the party leadership and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to lead the party.
All nominations submitted by party leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for party posts for the year 2021 have been approved by the Working Committee.
Palitha Range Bandara was appointed as the new General Secretary of the United National Party and Akila Viraj Kariyawasam was appointed to the Assistant Leader post which was held by Ravi Karunanayake.
Ruwan Wijewardene will continue to function as the Deputy Leader. Navin Dissanayake will remain to serve as the National Organizer of the United National Party.
Vajira Abeywardena has been appointed as the Chairman of the UNP.
The appointment of four Vice Chairmen is also a special feature. Sagala Ratnayake, DM Swaminathan, Daya Gamage and Sunethra Ranasinghe are the new Vice Chairpersons.
Nalaka Kolonne has been appointed as Deputy General Secretary of the UNP. Sandith Samarasinghe was appointed as the Secretary for International Organizational Affairs and as Chairman of the Local Government Committee.
Ananda Kularatne was appointed as the Chairman of the Finance Committee.
Mrs. Anoma Gamage has been appointed as the Administrative Secretary and Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku has been appointed as the Secretary of the Research and Policy Planning Development Division.
Ravi Karunanayake, who has been the Deputy Leader of the party up to now, has not attended the Working Committee meeting saying that other posts are unnecessary if he is not given the post of General Secretary.
The Working Committee commended Ravi Karunanayake's service to the party as the Deputy Leader at a time when the party was in a difficult situation.
Arjuna Ranatunga has also been nominated for a post in the party and he had informed the party leader Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe before the Working Committee meeting that he would inform later whether he would accept it or not.
Navin Dissanayake was also not present at the meeting. It was decided to inquire whether Navin Dissanayake would accept the post of National Organizer of the UNP.
It was also decided at this Working Committee to fill the vacant post of UNP National List Member of Parliament later.