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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 - 20:47
Government policy planning would be based on Maithree Administration and election manifestos of main political parties
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President Maithripala Sirisena said that country’s policy planning would be designed based on his Presidential election manifesto – ‘Maithree Administration and a Stable Country’. 

This would also include inputs from the election manifestos of United National Front, UPFA, JVP and TNA.

The president made this statement during his address to the inaugural session of the 8th parliament when it met this afternoon.

A special inaugural ceremony was held today to welcome the president to parliament. 

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was the first to arrive in the parliament complex for the ceremony.

The Speaker and the Secretary General of Parliament received Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe when he arrived for the inaugural ceremony.

After the president was received by the Speaker and the Parliament Secretary General at the main gate, a guard of honor including a 21 gun salute was held in honour of the President. 

The president was escorted into parliament chambers amid citing of Jaya Mangala Gatha and the Buddhist stanzas of ‘Devo Vassathu Kalena’.  

 

While presenting his speech to parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena explained the importance of the government of compromise, saying that several countries including South Africa have formed similar governments of compromise, where the latter formed a democratic government after ending the apartheid.

The president also stated that the two main political parties could not form a government of compromise during the post-war period, which would have presented a golden opportunity to counter the national and international challenges.

 

The President also stated that the policy of the new government of compromise will be based on his Presidential election manifesto ‘Maithree Administration and stable Country’, in addition to incorporating the abridged proposals included in the manifestos presented by main political parties including the UNF, UPFA, JVP as well as the TNA.

President Maithripala Sirisena further said that power would be delegated to Parliament in order to introduce a new electoral system and shape the Executive Presidency.

While addressing the Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena said that if anybody finds it embarrassing to use his or her surname in public, such individuals will be given an option to use either the surname or the initials.

Speaking further, the President said a special bureau would be set up under his purview in order to repatriate the professionals and scholars who are working overseas for various reasons.

He said that his government has given priority to eliminate fraud, corruption and public waste, therefore, the culprits who have been charged of misusing public property would be dealt with, irrespective of their status.

Later the House was adjourned until 3rd of September.

Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga were also present in the VIP gallery during President’s speech in parliament today

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