Sri Lankan party reforms must be democratic: leadership aspirant

13:03, August 01, 2010      

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The reform process of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) must be democratic and transparent, the leadership aspirant Sajith Premadasa told reporters here Saturday.

"It is the expectation of everyone that this process will be highly democratic and transparent," Premadasa said.

He said an arrangement where it turned out to be a mere sharing of a few high positions among individuals was not the answer.

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has come under severe pressure to step down since the party's crushing defeat in the April parliamentary election.

Wickremesinghe in May appointed a six-member committee to recommend changes to the party constitution.

The reforms aim to create a second level leadership to the party which had lost a stream of major elections since 1994.

Premadasa, 43, the son of the former party leader and Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa is considered a front runner to succeed Wickremesinghe.

Premadasa has demanded a system of electoral college to appoint the leader and other key office bearers.

However, the recommendation of the reform committee is to make all appointments by consensus.

Source: Xinhua


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