Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party leader Ranil gains mandate for six years's leadership
Of the 6143 UNP members that participated in the48th annual congress 4978 voted in favour of the proposal while 337 voted against it.
UNP national list MP and the Chairman of Bar Association of Sri Lanka Wijedasa Rajapaksa moved the proposal which was seconded by MP Ajith P. Perera.
Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa was a notable person that voted against the proposal. MPs Karu Jayasuriya, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Thalatha Athukorala and Buddhika Pathirana also voted against it.
Several MPs and activists of the UNP were observed leaving early after this proposal was passed.
Although there were some tension at the well guarded gates since only the pass holders were allowed to enter the UNP headquarters for the annual congress, the general assembly was held peacefully.
Several MPs of UNP yesterday complained to the Deputy Speaker of the parliament Chandima Weerakkodi that the firearms of the police officials who were providing security to the UNP MPs had been removed for today, December 01.
The MPs said that the taking over of the firearms was valid only for today and questioned the reason for the move.
UNP MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara said that the order to take back the firearms was issued by the Director of the Ministerial Security Division.
MP Buddhika Pathirana said that of the 42 UNP MPs 33 MPs are facing this problem while the firearms of the police officers of nine other UNP MPs have not been taken back.