As the main opposition United National Party mulls drastic changes to its leadership structure a decision has been reached to appoint Kegalle district parliamentarian Kabir Hashim the new chairman of the party, sources told Colombo Telegraph.
Current UNP chairman Gamini Jayawickrema Perera has expressed a willingness to resign to make way for sweeping changes to the party’s list of office bearers.
Hashim is seen as a party man with the capacity to unite factions within the UNP.
His appointment however is unlikely to be made until the leadership council is finalized by the Ranil Wickremasinghe, Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith premadasa trio and agreement can be reached by consensus. Meanwhile sources said UNP MP Ajith Perera is likely to be appointed president of the UNP trade union.