The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) has appointed new office bearers for 2021. The Working Committee met under the patronage of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Sirikotha party headquarters today (13).

Accordingly, former general secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has been appointed as the assistant leader while Palitha Range Bandara has been appointed as the new general secretary. Former minister Vajira Abeywardena has been appointed as the chairman and ASM Misbah has been appointed as the treasurer.

D. M. Swaminathan and Arjuna Ranatunga have been appointed as the senior vice chairmen of the UNP while Daya Gamage, Sagala Ratnayake, and Sunethra Ranasinghe have been appointed as vice chairmen.

Navin Dissanayake will retain his role as the national organiser of the UNP.

Meanwhile, Nalaka Kolonne has been appointed as the deputy secretary general of the UNP.

Former UNP MP Anoma Gamage has been appointed as the assistant secretary.

The Working Committee also approved the appointment of Dr. Karunasena Kodithuwakku as the head of the policy and research division.

President's Counsel Nissanka Nanayakkara will continue to function as the legal secretary of the UNP.

Sandith Samarasinghe has been appointed as the secretary of the Committee on International Affairs and Local Government.

It was reported that Shamal Senarath, who functioned as the general secretary, has been appointed as the chief executive officer of the Sirikotha party headquarters.

However, there has been no change in the leadership and former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue to function as the leader of the UNP. Ruwan Wijewardene will continue in his role as the deputy leader of the party.

Former assistant leader Ravi Karunanayake, who had called on party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe before the Working Committee meeting, had not attended the meeting in protest of the new appointments, it was reported.