Ranil wins UNP leadership battle

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Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on March 23 emerged winner in a bruising contest to retain his party leadership in the face of an open revolt by a section of the party.

According to the consensus reached during the party’s working committee meeting held at the party headquarters Siri Kotha, the party unanimously agreed to retain Wickremasinghe as the party leader while Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasuriya will be deputy leaders.

Wickremesinghe will now continue to function as the UNP leader, a position he held since 1994.

Premadasa, his challenger, gave up the fight despite being urged by a section within the party to oust Wickremesinghe.

Wickremesinghe, 62, and twice Prime Minister, has once again successfully thwarted a move to oust him.

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