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* Sri Lankan Minister proposes to relocate parliament to Hambantota District
Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 12:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 10, Colombo: A minister of the Sri Lankan government has proposed temporarily relocating the parliament to the Hambantota District.

Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that Hambantota had the entire infrastructure, but the only thing lacking was a parliament.

He has observed that since Hambantota now has superhighways, hotels, a harbor, an airport, and railway systems, it would not be an unwise move to temporarily shift the parliament to the district.

"Even in the era of kings, the land was governed from various parts of the country, including Kandy and Jayewardenepura-Kotte. As a result of shifting the location of the seat of governance, those areas had developed exponentially. A massive change can come about if we shift the present Parliament to Hambantota for just a couple of years," Amaraweera has been quoted as saying in the media.

However, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody told the media that a Parliament in any country is situated in the capital or closer to it in order to benefit the people and the system.

He said that it was not practical or possible to shift the ministries and affiliated services like the Attorney General's Department and the Legal Draftsman's Department, which are all based in Colombo.

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