June 19, Colombo: A special Parliament session will be held on October 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka Parliament, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced.
The Speaker addressing a workshop for Parliament correspondents held in Negombo on Saturday said Speakers of all the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) would be invited to the occasion.
He said several senior politicians would also be invited to participate in the event.
Speaking at the event, the Speaker said it is praiseworthy that the parliament democracy continued for 70 years amid the difficulties the country faced including filed coup attempts. In early'60s.
"It was commendable that we were able to continue Parliament democracy for seventy years despite many obstacles including the two failed military coup attempts in 1960, youth unrest in 1971, 1989. Then the country suffered immensely due to the 30-year war fought against terrorism," he said.
"Amidst all these, we were able to continue Parliament democracy, which was a real achievement," the Speaker said.
The Speaker pointed out as Sri Lankan Parliament celebrates 70 years, it has earned the admiration of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) for its work to uphold democracy and become a role model for other countries.
He said that although Sri Lanka parliament has less women representation, many women parliamentarians in SAARC countries, Asia and Latin America also visited parliament on study tours.
The Speaker recalled that a few parliamentarians had acted indecently during the recent past to discredit Parliament and added that new Standing Orders and Code of Ethics for MPs that had been presented in Parliament would be taken for debate on the 22nd.
The Speaker also said a fully-fledged media center would be set up in Parliament with the USAID funding. He also requested the Government’s support for the endeavor.