Happy to be Speaker in post war Parliament
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa
Newly elected Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday pledging to perform
his duties in an independent manner, safeguarding the dignity and
decorum of Parliament upholding its traditions said he was pleased to be
elected to the office of the Speaker in the first Parliament in the
aftermath of the elimination of LTTE terrorism.
Calling on all Members of Parliament to extend their support to
safeguard democracy and the Parliamentary traditions the Speaker stated
that the best stage to give voice to the public is the Parliament.
Any Member in the Assembly could voice the need of the public but
democratically and in line with the provisions of the standing orders of
Parliament safeguarding its decorum.
The Speaker also said that he considered his election to the office
of the Speaker as a honour to his father D.A. Rajapaksa who was elected
to the Second State Council in 1945 and later elected as a Deputy
Speaker. Thanking all those Members who elected him unanimously to
office and the voters of the Hambantota district who elected him to
Parliament continuously since 1989 the Speaker Rajapaksa said that he
would make all efforts to maintain the Parliamentary traditions and
precedent using his 21 years of experience as a Parliamentarian. SM