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Sri Lanka convenes new parliament

  • Sri Lanka's new parliament convened for the first time on Tuesday after the United National Party (UNP) won a parliamentary election last month, a media report said.

    Senior UNP member Karu Jayasuiya was elected the speaker after his name was proposed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and seconded by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Nimal Siripala de Silva.

    The newly-elected 225 members of parliament later took oath before the new speaker and convened parliamentary sessions.

    The UNP, led by Wickremesinghe, defeated the main opposition United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) by winning 106 seats in the parliamentary elections held on August 17. (Source: IANS)