8/02/2011

Sri Lanka Opposition Leader cuts short the foreign tour to return to deal with the leadership battle

The Leader of Opposition and Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickramasinghe has decided to cut short his tour in UK.

Accordingly, he is to return to Sri Lanka today. He was expected to stay in UK until August 04.
The urgent return of the UNP leader is due to the developments in his party against his leadership. UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya has agreed to accept the party leadership on the invitation of the other deputy leader Sajith Premadasa who openly fought against Wickramasinghe's leadership.

Meanwhile, Karu Jayasuriya who was in India and who was to stay there until August 05 is also to return romorrow to the island, UNP sources say.

Meanwhile, one Sinhala newspaper The Divaina reported today that the UNP leadership had planned to initiate disciplinary action against three MPs representing Southern and Western Province districts. The reporter famous for reporting internal politics of the UNP did not divulge the names of the MPs.

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