The 17-member Committee headed by Ruwan Wijewardene appointed to develop a programme to restructure the United National Party (UNP) unanimously recommended that ‘the Sinhala-Buddhist base should be strengthened within the party and towards this end a strong leadership with a Sinhala-Buddhist base should be created (Recommendation 5.1).
This is the only one under the broad recommendation ‘Working towards strengthening the religious base within the party (Recommendation 5).’
The committee, led by Wijewardene (cousin of party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe), also recommended that the party constitution should be democratized (Recommendation 1). Accordingly, they unanimously recommended that the party leadership should face an election immediately following a presidential or general election (1.1). It was also recommended that in such an election the Parliamentary Group of the party should also have the voting rights that are currently enjoyed only by the party’s Working Committee.
It was also recommended that ‘more active persons’ should hold all positions in the party (including Chairperson, General Secretary, National Organizer). The committee recommended that the party should appoint the next leadership (2.1). Under this recommendation (2.2) the Deputy Leader would be given the power to go all over the country in order to build the party organization.
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