Jan 15, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will ceremonially declare open the 2nd Session of the 9th Parliament on Tuesday, the 18th January and present the Government Policy Statement, Parliamentary Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayake said.
The rehearsal for the ceremonial opening of the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament was held Thursday (13th) at the Parliament premises. Officers of the Police Cultural Division and students of the President’s Girls’ College, Sri Jayewardenepura were also present.
Following the ceremonial opening of the second session of the Ninth Parliament, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is scheduled to present the Government Policy Statement at 10.00 am in accordance with the powers vested in him by Article 33 (2) of the Constitution.
On the instructions of the President, arrangements have been made to hold the ceremony in a very simple manner and there will be no gun salutes or car parades. Instead, the President will be received in front of Parliament with a cultural salute with the participation of the Police Cultural Division.
The arrival of the invited guests will take place on the 18th at 9.15 am. The arrival of the Members of Parliament will take place first, followed by the arrival of the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayaka will be welcoming President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the main steps of the Parliament building.
The Speaker and the Secretary General of Parliament will then escort President to Parliament House along with the Serjeant-at-Arms, Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms and Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms.
The students of President’s Girls’ College, Sri Jayewardenepura will line up for the recital of Jayamangala Gatha at the main entrance of the Parliament Building in welcoming President.
Following the presentation of the Government Policy Statement by President, the House will be adjourned. Afterwards, a tea party was organized for the Members of Parliament and invited guests.
Foreign diplomats, former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Chief Justice, Supreme Court Justices and the Attorney General have been invited to the ceremonial opening of the second session of the Ninth Parliament, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said.
He also stressed that the second session of the Ninth Parliament will be ceremonially opened following all health guidelines.