Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake managed to collect the favour of only 10 Working Committee members.
It was also noteworthy that former MP Vajira Abeywardena, who was set to contest for the post, has withdrawn himself, on an understanding with the Party Leader.
Wijewardena henceforth would be responsible for all trade unions, media campaigns, women's organisations, intellectual movements and other formations responding to the United National Party. In his capacity as the new Deputy Leader of the oldest political party in Sri Lanka, Wijewardena is entrusted with developing the aforementioned organisations, whilst contributing to the betterment of the UNP.
Commenting before media, the former MP stressed that he would work relentlessly day and night for the betterment of the Party and reiterated that he does not wish to enter Parliament through the National List seat secured through the 2020 General Election.
Meanwhile, UNP long running Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has promised that he has decided to step down from his position next January and the new deputy leader will succeed in his position, according to sources.