President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that in case UPFA gets adequate seats, it is a senior SLFPer who will be appointed and not Mahinda Rajapakse. He has stated this in a letter to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
In that letter he told Mahinda Rajapakse not to raise communal slogans to win elections. That will ruin the communal harmony that has been created on January 8.
He said that the next Prime Minister should be a senior member of the SLFP who has not received such an opportunity in the past to hold that office, if the UPFA secures the majority in Parliament at the election.
He would appoint the next Prime Minister from among Nimal Siripala de Silva, John Seneviratne, Chamal Rajapaksa, Athauda Seneviratne, A.H.M. Fowzie, Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa in the name of the party and the people of the country, in the event of the UPFA securing a majority.
He said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is the only party with leaders with foresight, forthrightness and political maturity. The democratic rights and the freedom of the people were denied with the adoption of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution by Mahinda in an arbitrary manner.
“It is hilarious how you approach each and every temple in the country and how you obtain publicity for such events since your defeat on January 8. I am very well aware of how you behaved and how you thought during the period beginning from January 26, 2010 to November 21 of 2014. I have serious reservations whether your constant presence at temples has created serene thoughts in your mind,”.