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‘SL’s Parliament highly regarded globally’

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya stated that the Parliament of Sri Lanka has been regarded high amongst 170 Parliaments of the world and that it has become one of the exemplary Parliaments, a media release from the office of the Director Communications of Parliament said.

The Speaker further said, “There is a new President appointed now. The new government is in action. A general election will be held in due time. In such instance, the appointment of a new Speaker is possible. I believe that the incoming Speaker will continue to maintain this momentum.”

The Speaker said that it was his wish to establish a brotherhood working as one family within the Parliament when he took over as the Speaker in September 2015 and as he looked back on his term, he could be happy.

He was speaking at the New Year ceremony held at Parliament where the staff took oaths of public service undertaking their duties for the year ahead.

The New Year ceremony held at Parliament commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by the Speaker followed by the singing of the national anthem. A two-minute silence was observed to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for the country including war heroes.

The public service oath was read out loud to ensure commitment for the implementation of government policies and objectives. The Speaker expressing his views stated, “It has been 71 years since the country was liberated. Youth unrest, terrorism, political issues and prevailing ethnic and religious differences resulted as drawbacks in progressing forth as a nation. We must build unity and good relations among all ethnicities. It is vital for the future of the nation. Prosperity for the country can only be brought by eliminating racial and religious differences.”

Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayake stated that all parties should work together to achieve national goals. He said that the work conducted by Parliament is of significance for the betterment of the country and thus the staff should be committed in their duties.

The establishment of a communications department and the project to conserve library documentation were significant measures among many others pointing to the fact that Parliament has been successful in bringing about positive changes during the past year. He said that this year would be a challenging year and that all staff must face up to it collectively.

Following the ceremony, a tree-planting programme was held in the Parliament premises.

Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri, Chief of Parliament Staff and Deputy Secretary General Neil Iddawela, Assistant Secretary General (Administration) Kushani Rohanadheera, Assistant Secretary General (Legislative Services) Tikiri Jayatilake and the Parliament staff were present at the ceremony.

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