Local News Update: Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has been nominated as House Leader by the Government Parliamentary Committee, sources told media.
Meanwhile, the ruling party’s parliamentary group also reportedly named Minister Johnston Fernando as the whip of the chief government.
United National Party (UNP) Parliamentary Group has nominated MP Gayantha Karunathilake as the Chief Opposition Whip in Parliament.
The official opening by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of the Fourth Session of the Eighth Parliament will take place at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 03).
The new Parliamentary session will begin at 9.00 a.m. with the invitees ‘ arrival. m. The arrival of parliamentary members will be followed first by the arrival of Parliament Speaker Karu Hayasuriya, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Parliament’s Secretary-General Mr. Dhammika Dasanayaka will welcome the President at the Parliament building’s key steps followed by the President’s hoisting of the National Flag.
The President must preside over Parliament’s Ceremonial Sitting and talk to Parliament where he makes a statement on the new government policy in Parliament as provided for in Article 33(2) of the Constitution. The President will suspend the Parliament until 1 p.m. after his address.