Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended the parliamentary meeting today in his capacity as Finance Minister to participate in the working committee meeting of the Finance and Planning Ministry.
Addressing the parliament, the President congratulated the former Prime Minister and currently the senior most Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake for his over five-decades of service in Sri Lankan assembly.
The President noted that that Wickremanayake first entered the parliament on March 19, 1960, exactly 54 years ago.
Opposition and United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe also congratulated the Prime Minister and said that as same as he entered the parliament under a UNP government, he may see another UNP government soon.
The parliament meeting was adjourned for 15 minutes due to a protest in the well by the MPs of the UNP after the government rejected an opposition appeal for a debate on the 17th amendment to the constitution.
(Photos by Chandana Perera)