Sri Lankan main opposition leadership to change in April

18:22, January 18, 2011      

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Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party's leadership is to see a change in April for the first time since 1994, local media reported on Tuesday.

The leadership aspirant Sajith Premadasa said on Tuesday that he would take over the UNP leadership by April 12.

The date is the expiry of the 120 day period to implement changes to the party's constitution which paves way for democratic elections to appoint office bearers.

"I will take over the leadership as the majority wish", Premadasa was quoted as saying.

Premadasa aims to oust the incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe who has faced mounting criticism for his failure to lead the UNP into power at successive elections since 1994.

Wickremesinghe's leadership saw the UNP losing two presidential and two parliamentary elections while being plagued by criticism over its West leanings and granting too many concessions to the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Source:Xinhua
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