The first session of the twelfth Parliament convened today.
Gampaha District UNF Parliamentarian Joseph Michael Perera was unanimously elected Speaker.
The United National Front led by the United National Party emerged victorious in the General Election held early December.
The newly elected Speaker called upon all the members of Parliament to adhere to the highest traditions of the Parliament and to work together for the betterment of the country. Several Parliamentarians representing various political parties and ethnic groups called for a consensus in Parliament to resolve the country’s protracted war and restore peace.
Parliament will meet next on January 8, 2002.
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