The United National Party (UNP) has announced that Ranil Wickramasinghe will remain leader until January 2021 following a dismal performance at Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections.
During the election, the UNP, one of the island’s oldest parties, failed to win any districts with veteran party leader and three-time Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also losing his seat. It secured just over 2% of the island's votes, losing more than 100 seats from the previous parliament. The UNP secured just one National List seat.
The decision to retain Wickramasinghe as leader until January was agreed upon by the UNP Working Committee on Monday. The meeting also elected Ruwan Wijewardene as Deputy Leader.
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