|14th Parliament convenes - Chamal Rajapaksa is new Speaker|
|Monday, 26 April 2010|
Inaugural session of the 14th Parliament began this morning (22 April). Former Minister of Ports and Aviation, Chamal Rajapaksa was unanimously elected as the Speaker at the inaugural session. Mr. Rajapaksa was nominated as speaker by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratna and seconded by UNP MP Karu Jayasooriya.
Priyankara Jayaratne was elected as the Deputy Speaker who held this post in the previous parliament as well.
The 225 newly elected Members of Parliament were sworn in before the Speaker.
The Speaker endorsed the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Leader of the Opposition.
The 13th Parliament was dissolved by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on February 9, 2010 and General Elections were held on April 8.
UPFA obtained 127 District basis seats along with 17 National basis seats; a total of 144 seats in parliament which is only 6 seats short of its target of a two-thirds majority (150 seats out of 225). It has obtained a total of 4,846,386 votes (60.33 %) island wide.
The UNP obtained a total of 60 seats which comprise 51 on District basis and 9 on National basis. ITAK and Democratic National Alliance have a total of 14 and 7 seats respectively.
Policy Research & Information UnitPresidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka
|Last Updated ( Monday, 26 April 2010 )|
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