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Party leaders yesterday decided to allocate a two-day debate on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s policy statement due at the start of the new session of parliament on January 18.
Head of the House Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said The island that the debate motion would be moved by the government.
Party leaders met with President Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at the parliamentary compound yesterday and agreed to allocate sitting days on January 19-20 for an adjournment debate on President Rajapaksa’s policy statement, formerly known as the name of Speech from the Throne.
The UNP and SJB had called for an adjournment of the debate on the president’s policy statement.
Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chief Opposition Whip and Kandy District Member of Parliament Lakshman Kiriella have separately requested in writing to President Abeywardena and House Leader Gunawardena that an adjournment debate be organized on the presidential policy statement.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa prorogued Parliament from December 12. The House is scheduled to meet again on January 18.
In accordance with Westminster traditions and in accordance with the Constitution, the Speaker presents the government’s policy statement at the ceremony of the First Session of Parliament when it meets after a prorogation.
Minister Gunawardena said the government will also introduce four new bills on January 20. The bills would be an amendment to Law No. 15 of 1979 on the Code of Civil Procedure, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Bill, a Bill to amend Law No. 2 on the Judiciary. of 1978, and a bill amending the Code of Civil Procedure (chapter 101).
In addition, party leaders also decided to vote on January 21 condolences to former Minister Mangala Samaraweera.