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* Sri Lanka's newly elected Speaker visits the Chief Prelates
Fri, Apr 30, 2010, 09:50 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's newly elected Speaker of Parliament, Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday (29) visited the Chief Prelate of the Malwatta Chapter Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero and Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter, Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero in Kandy.

During the meeting Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero had told Rajapaksa that there were only a few in parliament involved in gentlemen politics.

"We believe you will engage in gentlemanly politics in the future too. We have accepted you as a gentleman politician. There is only a handful of your kind in Parliament today. We hope that you will be able to perform the duties required of this important post just as those who held the post before you," the Chief Prelated had said.

Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera had told Rajapaksa that the responsibilities of the Speaker are more important even than those of ministers.

"You will have to listen to all and equal opportunities should be given to everyone. You with your vast experience could do a great service. You well know the desire of the President to work for the country. All must unite to serve the country," the Chief Prelate had said. The Maha Nayake Thero had further noted the need for developing the country.

"If all the people of this country and the Sangha assist the President to develop the country he would be able to achieve the goals set for the country," the Thero had noted.

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