Parliament holds first session

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The first Parliament session of the new Government was held on January 20. President Maithripala Sirisena was present in Parliament when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva made their speeches.

The Prime Minister pledged radical reforms to the Constitution to find a solution to the national problem within the first 100 days of the new government. “This is a very special parliament in Sri Lankan history because for the first time the two main parties and many other parties have come to a consensus to move forward in unison for a common cause. To make this journey a success, we need the support of everybody,” he added.

 Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva mentioned that they will not oppose everything proposed by the new government just because they are in the Opposition. He also extended support to the government’s 100-Day Program. The JVP, which worked to form this new government, also extended their support to the 100 day program and at the same time questioned where the Sri Lanka Freedom party stands. TNA Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan also promised the support of the alliance, to the new government.

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