President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed parliament authorities not to hold the guard of honour at today’s ceremonial opening of the Parliament.
It is traditional to hold the ceremonial guard of honour for the President at the ceremonial opening of the Parliament session.
It is reported that the rehearsals for the session have been cancelled on the directive of the President and he has instructed the authorities to hold the ceremony in a simple manner.
The President has also asked that no horse-riding groups be used for the event.(Dayasili Liyanage)