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President opens Fifth Session of Ninth Parliament today

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To read Government Policy Statement at 10.30 am

No Gun Salutes and motorcades

The Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament is scheduled to be ceremonially declared open today by President Ranil Wickremesinghe.Following the ceremonial opening of the session President Ranil Wickremesinghe will present the Statement of Government Policy in Parliament at 10.30 am according to the powers vested in him under Article 33 of the Constitution.


Given the instructions of the President, arrangements have been made to hold the Ceremonial Opening of the Fifth Session as a formal ceremony and thus, gun salutes and motorcades shall not be held, Serjeant at Arms Kushan Jayaratne said. Following the arrival of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana and his wife, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena will arrive, followed by the arrival of  President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana and the Secretary General Kushani Rohanadeera will receive President Wickremesinghe near the main steps of the Parliament building. Then the Speaker and the Secretary General led by the Serjeant-at-Arms, Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms shall escort the President to the Parliament House. Students of Devi Balika Vidyalaya will sing Jayamangala Gatha and bless the President and the Parliament.

The President who shall then arrive at the Robing Room will stay there till 10.25 am and according to tradition, the Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms, the Serjeant-at-Arms carrying the Mace, the President followed by the Speaker, the Secretary Generals of Parliament shall enter the Chamber accordingly. After the President presents the Statement of Government Policy, the House will be adjourned until 9.30 am on February 8.

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