Local News Update: The Eighth Parliament’s Fourth Session will be declared ceremonially open on January 3 at 10 am under President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s patronage.
In view of the fact that Article 70(1) of the Constitution grants the President the right to dissolve the Parliament, on 2 December 2019 the President decided to end the legislative term by issuing a special gazette notification.
The new 3rd Parliamentary session will begin with the invitees arriving at 9.00 a.m. m. The arrival of the Members of Parliament will be followed first by the arrival of Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and President Gotabhaya Rajapakse Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, and Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayaka will welcome HE President Gotabhaya Rajapakse at the Parliament building’s main staircase, followed by hoisting of the National flag by the President. The 21 gun salute will take place in the president’s memory.
The President will be joined by the Serjeant-at-Arms, Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms, Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms, preceded by Parliament’s Speaker and Parliament’s Secretary-General, where the session will be declared open ceremonially.
The President is expected to preside at 10 a.m. at the inaugural meeting. The President must read the statement of the new government’s policy as provided for in Article 33(2) of the Constitution. After the presentation of the policy statement, the President will adjourn the Parliamentary Session.