Sri Lanka opposition leader apologizes for violence at party headquarters

Dec 20, Colombo: The opposition leader of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremasinghe, expressing regret over yesterday’s violence at the United National Party headquarters Sirikotha, has apologized to the party supporters and the country for failing to prevent such incidents.

The re-appointed leader of the UNP making a special statement in the parliament today asked for an impartial inquiry into the incident.

“I ask for an impartial inquiry. I want such inquires to be conducted without any interference,” Wickremasinghe was quoted by local media.

Angry supporters of defeated candidate Karu Jayasuriya pelted stones at the headquarters building and stormed inside causing severe damages to the Sirikotha iron gates and vehicles of MPs parked nearby.

Wickremasinghe won the contest for party leadership by a majority of 42 votes. Jayasuriya only managed to receive 24 votes.

Later, the leaders of the pro-reforms group of the party Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa and Dayasiri Jayasekara addressed the angry crowds and urged them to disperse peacefully.

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