Speaker recognizes Ranil Wickremesinghe as Opposition Leader

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Rose Kenny

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, has acknowledged leader of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

The Speaker said that the recognition of the Opposition Leader was done “upholding established Parliamentary traditions that should not be violated.”

In his Twitter post the Speaker said,  “Recognition of the Leader of the UNFGG as the Leader of the Opposition was done upholding established Parliamentary traditions that should not be violated. While I empathize with the challengers too, it is best that a party’s internal disputes are settled from within.”

The General Secretary of the UNP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam had earlier written to the Speaker requesting him to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Opposition Leader. However, a group of around 45 UNPers had also written to the Speaker requesting that Sajith Premadasa be appointed as the Opposition Leader.

However, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya noted that  the United National Party should resolve its internal disputes “from within.”