Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has written to the National Election Commission stating that he still remains the General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance.
The Minister in his letter to the Election Commission said a letter by the party leaders of the UPFA stated that the appointment of a new General Secretary was not made known to them.
Therefore, Minister Amaraweera requested the Election Commission to refrain from accepting a new appointment under such circumstances.
A statement was issued by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party on 21st of November, that Minister Mahinda Amaraweera was removed as the UPFA General Secretary.
The decision was reportedly reached by the Central Committee of the SLFP.
Accordingly, the Central Committee stated that it decided to appoint Thilanga Sumathipala as the UPFA General Secretary.
Meanwhile, five constituent parties of the UPFA rejected the appointment of Thilanga Sumathipala as the General Secretary of the UPFA.
Issuing a statement, five constituent parties of the UPFA said they were not notified of the removal of Mahinda Amaraweera as the General Secretary and the appointment of another person for the post.
They said according to the Constitution and the norms of the UPFA, the Executive Committee or the constituent parties should be notified before making such an appointment.
The statement has been issued jointly by the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, EPDP, National Congress, Sri Lanka People’s Party and the National Liberation People’s Party.