Wickremesinghe’s decision comes at a time when a sizable group in the UNP parliamentary group is calling for the party leadership to appoint Premadasa as the UNP leader.
After his defeat at the last presidential election, Premadasa stepped down as the UNP deputy leader noting he was respecting the mandate given by the people.
UNP sources said the party leader has taken measures to appoint members to all key positions in the party. The party will also complete appointing members to the working committee by next Monday.
Appointing members to the working committee will be done on the recommendations of a committee headed by Wickremesinghe.
The committee will include deputy leaders, Sajith Premadasa and Ravi Karunanayake, Secretary Akila Viraj and national organizer Navin Dissanayake among others.