President Maithri Pala Sirisena is not and cannot be the President of SLFP. Mahinda Rajapakse is legally still the President of Sri Lan,ka Freedom Party.
To every one to whom it may concern,
I have not read the SLFP Constitution, but yet it is not difficult to see as a Constitutional Lawyer that Maithripala Sirisena has no legal right to be the President of SLFP. I say this because when he walked into the UNP led Common Front to become their common Presidential candidate, Maithripala Sirisena forfeited his right as a member of the SLFP.
Therefore the SLFP constitution’s article that says any member of SLFP elected as the President of Sri Lanka becomes the President of the SLFP cannot be applied to Maithripala Sirisena, as he did not get the approval of the Central Committee of the SLFP to be the Common Presidential Candidate of the opposition group of parties led by UNP. In leaving the SLFP to be a Presidential Candidate of other parties, he lost his membership in the SLFP.
Mahinda Rajapakse who was the President of the SLFP has not right either to offer the office of President of SLFP to Sirisena as it should have been done by the SLFP Central Committee.
Therefore, for all intents and purposes Mahinda Rajapakse is still the President of SLFP. Therefore all the appointments Maithripala Sirisena has made to SLFP and the UPFA taking himself to be the President of SLFP are ultra vires and therefore null and void.