Some people argue that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should be made SLFP Co-chairman, but it cannot be done in terms of the party constitution, SPFP General Secretary Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa said.
He disclosed this when he visited the Katukelle Jumma Mosque in Kandy on June 30. According to the SLFP Constitution, a party member who gets elected as the country's President, automatically becomes party chairman, while former President becomes its honourary patrons, he said.
Prof. Piyadasa said former Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chandrika Kumaratunga had become party patrons as decided by the Party Constitution.
Prof. Piyadasa said the most suitable candidate acceptable to the SLFP and the UPFA would be fielded at the next Presidential Election. "That candidate selected under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena would never be a common candidate. Although fielding the best possible candidate at the next Presidential Election was difficult, complex and problematic, it would be a creative challenge," he said.