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President opens Fourth Session of Eighth Parliament today

The Fourth Session of the Eighth Parliament will be ceremonially declared open today at 10 a.m. under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Parliament was prorogued on December 2, 2019 through a Special Gazette Notification by the President by the powers given to him under Article 70 (1) of the Constitution. The new Parliamentary session will commence today with the arrival of the invitees, Members of Parliament and the arrival of the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayaka will welcome President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the main staircase of the Parliament building followed by hoisting of the National flag by the President. Proceeding forth, the 21 gun salute will take place in honour of the President.

The President will be accompanied to the House of Parliament by the Serjeant-at-Arms, Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms, Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms followed by the Speaker of Parliament and the Secretary General of Parliament where the session will be ceremonially declared open.

The President is scheduled to chair the inaugural meeting at 10.00 a.m and the statement of the new Government’s policy as provided by Article 33(2) of the Constitution will be read by the President. The President will suspend the Parliamentary Session following the presenting of the policy statement.

Parliament has been adjourned more than 50 times since 1947. Twenty five Parliamentary sessions have been held since 1978. The First Session of the First Parliament was held on October 14, 1947. It was ceremonially opened and presided over by Governor Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore. He delivered the throne speech, which was debated by Parliament and passed by a vote of thanks.

The Third Session of the Second Parliament was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II. She ceremonially inaugurated the session on April 12, 1954. The throne speech was read by the Queen and no debate was brought forth with regard to the throne speech presented by the Queen.

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