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* Sri Lanka President to brief newly-elected ruling party legislators today
Sun, Apr 18, 2010, 11:43 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to address the newly-elected parliamentarians of the ruling party United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today at the Presidential Secretariat.

According to Sri Lanka Freedom Party general Secretary and former minister Maithripala Sirisena the workshop is held to orient the MPs on parliamentary traditions, standing orders as well as on the records of former parliamentarians.

The ruling coalition has so far received 117 slots in the 225-member parliament and another 26 seats are expected after the re-poll on April 20 in certain polling divisions in Kandy and Trincomalee districts.

The results form 37 divisions in Nawalapitiya electorate in Kandy District and Kumburupitiya polling division in Trincomalee District were annulled by the Election Commissioner due to the election malpractices occured at those polling centers at the April 8 general election.

Meanwhile, all the elected parliamentarians have been informed of the proceedings on the opening session of the seventh parliament on Thursday, April 22.

The MPs are required to be present in the parliament at 8.30 in the morning on the opening day as the parliament session convenes at 8.45 a.m.

Religious rituals are to be observed prior to the inauguration of the new parliament. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will attend an all night Pirith chanting ceremony at the parliamentary complex tonight. An alms giving to Maha Sangha will be held tomorrow.

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