The UNP-affiliate Lanka Jathika Estate Workers Union is to have a new leader in Sagala Ratnayaka.

Incumbent Harin Fernando, a cabinet minister, has told the party’s management board that he wanted to step down.

A meeting of the board, chaired by president Ranil Wickremesinghe, accepted his resignation and decided to appoint Ratnayaka in his place.

Ratnayaka, who also plays a key role as chief-of-staff of the president and senior adviser on national security, will assume duties in the coming week following Fernando’s resignation.

 

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