Local News: Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena was appointed new Speaker of Parliament unanimously. He was nominated by the House Leader, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the start of the Parliamentary session’s first sitting.
MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara has seconded the request.
This morning (20) the first session of the 9th Sri Lankan Parliament started at 9.30 a.m. with the participation of the newly elected legislators.
Leaders of political parties including PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, Samagi Jaba Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa, Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, MPs Mano Ganesan, Maithripala Sirisena, C. V. Wigneswaran, Douglas Devananda, Rishad Bathiudeen and other legislators, welcoming the new Speaker, added their wishes to him.