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* Chamal Rajapaksa elected as Speaker of Sri Lanka's seventh parliament
Thu, Apr 22, 2010, 10:42 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 22, Colombo: Former Ports and Aviation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa was unanimously elected as the Speaker of Sri Lanka's seventh parliament when it convened this morning for the inaugural session.

The veteran politician is Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's older brother.

Following the election of the Speaker, the 225 elected and appointed members of the parliament were sworn-in before the Speaker.

Today's session was limited to the swearing in by the new MPs, election of Speaker, Deputy Speaker, and Deputy Chairman of Committees. Earlier plan for President to address the parliament as per tradition had been changed and the President would not address the parliament this time.

President Rajapaksa will name his new cabinet on Friday, April 23.

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