So, there was a bit of suspense, but things are exactly the same today. There was an election for UNP Leader, after the working committee was suitably cleansed, and I think MPs voted also. Despite (perhaps a bit because of) getting a beating in the press, Ranil won that internal election. Karu lost and Sajith pussed out and sat it out. So, Ranil wins and the UNP is free to lose some more elections.
There is an insane amount of politics within the opposition, and I don’t think that it’s going to stop. The actual contender for Opposition Leader is Sajith Premadasa, but he insists on running Karu Jayasuriya as a proxy. He works with Sirasa TV pretty intensively to slam Ranil, to not much avail. Ranil has the largely unpopular types like Ravi Karunayake and seemingly enough MPs to remain. While there are a lot of reasons to vote against Ranil, there weren’t too many to vote for Karu.
Plus, it seems unlikely that Ranil would call a vote he couldn’t win, and it seems that Sajith set Karu up as a sort of patsy. Or perhaps the government paid off MPs to vote for Ranil, thus keeping the UNP divided and their majority stable. Any number of conspiracy theories abound. I dunno, it could just be what it looks like and Ranil is really popular and the UNP will be in government next year. But I think not.
It also seems that people were attacking and stoning the UNP headquarters, but I’m not sure for what cause or what side.