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Sajith Premadasa appointed UNP deputy leader

Sajith Premadasa with UNP leader Ranil at party conference September 6th. Photograph Colombo Page

Sajith Premadasa has been formally appointed as the leader of the United National Party (UNP), following a nomination by Ranil Wickremasinghe earlier this month.


Addressing crowds as the UNP's 68th annual convention on September 6, Wickremasinghe said he was "confident that Sajith is qualified to lead the party same way as his father did to create another golden era of the party",


Last year the UNP was said to be in crisis after Premadasa, the UNP MP for Hambantota, launched a campaign to oust Wickremasinghe from his leadership position.


See Sajith Premadasa's views on NGOs and the upcoming UN inquiry:

Sajith dismisses alliance with NGOs and common candidate(11 Sep 2014)


UNP Sajith Premadasa: Sri Lanka does not require foreign advice to solve its problems (02 May 2014)


Won’t support corrupt government, will protect ‘war heroes’ – UNP MP (25 Feb 2014)

See also our previous editorial - 'Silences between the shouts'