In a dramatic turn of events within the United National Party (UNP), party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will shortly restructure the high command of the party to infuse new blood into the top level administration in a bid to pave the way for future leaders, party sources revealed.

Wickremesinghe is now studying the pattern of performances of all Members of Parliament at the last presidential and parliamentary elections to identify prospective young members who performed well.

The party is to expected scrap a few top posts and make way for a Management Council where young leaders who performed well at the two elections would be accommodated to be groomed for leadership in the next decade.

The move comes in the wake of some party seniors failing to perform up to expectations during the past elections, sources noted.

It is learnt that Wickremesinghe has stressed the need to bring in young faces to be groomed for the leadership as was done by President J.R. Jayewardene in 1977.

President Jayewardene as party leader in 1976 inspired Gamini Dissanayake, Lalith Athulathmudali, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Gamini Athukorale giving them much responsibility to groom them as future leaders of the UNP. (PG)