New Government is an experiment for the entire region; Says Prime Minister
The Parliament met today under the patronage of speaker Chamal Rajapaksa for the first time after the Presidential election.
President Maithreepala Sirisena was also in the parliament chambers when the house met this afternoon.
With the change of the government following the Presidential election, the UNP and other factions who supported President Maithreepala Sirisena sat in the government side.
The MPs who represented the previous UPFA government led by Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva sat in the Opposition side.
The seating of ministers and MPs in the chamber have also been changed as the new parliament met today.
Accordingly, government members sat on the speaker’s right while the Opposition sat on his left.
President Maithreepala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the house Lakshman Kiriella, Ministers Karu Jayasuriya, Rauff Hakeem, Joseph Michael Perera, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera and John Amaratunga sat in the forward benches of the government side.
Our parliament correspondent stated that ministers Gayantha Karunatilake, Rajitha Senarathna, Ravi Karunanayake, Mangala Samaraweera, Duminda Dissanayake, P. Harison, Kabeer Hashim, Sajith Premadasa, JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka, All Ceylon Peoples Congress leader Rishard Badi Udin and JHU MP Athuraliye Rathana Thera were seated in the government benches.
Meanwhile MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardana, CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman, MPs S.B Dissanayake, Sumeda G. Jayasena, P. Dayaratna, former prime ministers D.M. Jayarathna and Rathnasiri Wickramanayake were seated in the opposition benches.
In addition, Opposition Chief Whip W.D.J. Seneviratne, EPDP leader Douglas Devananda, MPs A.L.M. Athaulla, LSSP General Secretary Tissa Vitharana, Sri Lanka Communist Party General Secretary D.E.W. Gunasekera, NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa, Democratic Left Front leader Wasudeva Nanayakkara, TNA leader R. Sampandan, Suresh Premachandran, Mawai Senadhirajah, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Vijitha Herath were present in parliament today.
Addressing parliament, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka’s new government system is an experiment for the entire countries in the region.