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UNP faces crisis

[Hindu, Saturday, 11 September 2010 14:29 No Comment]

The main opposition in Sri Lanka United National Party (UNP) on Friday appeared headed for a major crisis over the leadership issue.

A group of 25 of 43 remaining parliamentarians of the UNP has issued an ultimatum to party leader Ranil Wickremsinghe to either resolve the internal crisis or be prepared to face the consequences.

The MPs have said they will sit as independent MPs if the party crisis is not settled soon. UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera, who is among the 25, told the local media that the crisis faced by the party had gone out of control.

“Enough is enough. For years we have been talking about revamping the party and no one is doing anything. This is a never ending problem for all the UNP supporters and members. We urge the leader to have a quick and urgent solution,” said Mr. Jayasekara.

The crisis came two days after six of its parliamentarians crossed over to the government side and voted in favour of the constitutional amendments that strengthen the position of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Since the re-election of Mr. Rajapaksa and poor faring of the UNP in the April general election, Mr. Wickremesinghe has been facing the challenge over his leadership.

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