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* Sri Lankan parliament to be opened to public without prior approval
Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 10:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 13, Colombo: The parliament of Sri Lanka will soon be opened to the public without any prior approval.

The Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa announced today that the public can now visit parliament without prior permission and the decision to open the House to the public was made at the party leaders meeting held yesterday.

Members of the public will receive the opportunity to view parliamentary sessions from the visitor's galley in the parliamentary chamber.

Speaker Rajapaksa earlier said that measures need to be taken for the live telecast of parliamentary proceedings in order to allow the public to witness their representatives at work and would also ensure the proper behavior of legislators in the House.

In October, a giant LED screen for the general public to view live Parliament proceedings was set up at the Jayanthipura public car park in Sri Jayewardenepura, the administrative capital of Sri Lanka, where the parliament is located.

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