The inaugural session of the eighth Parliament will begin tomorrow at 9.30 am. Afterwards, United National Party (UNP) MP Karu Jayasuriya will reportedly be elected as the Speaker of the new Parliament.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to nominate him for the post. It will be seconded by the opposition according to reports from political sources. After that, he will assume duties in front of Dammika Dissanayake, the Secretary General of Parliament .
After that the MPs will take their oaths before the new Speaker. This will be followed by the election of the Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Chairman of Committees. It is learnt that someone from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be the Deputy Speaker. An MP from a small party will be the Deputy Chairman of Committees.
The session will then be adjourned till 3.00 pm.
After that President Maitripala Sirisena will arrive at the parliamentary complex. A gun salute will be accorded to him and he will make a special statement in the House.(Kelum Bandara)