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New Deputy Speaker

KOTTE: Puttlam District MP Priyakara Jayaratne was yesterday unanimously elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
 


 Deputy Speaker
Jayaratne

Priyankara Jayaratne’s name was proposed by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka for the position of Deputy Speaker while Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva seconded it. Later Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara announced that MP Priyankara Jayaratne was elected as the Deputy Speaker.

The new Deputy Speaker thanked the House for electing him unanimously despite political differences in the traditions of democracy.

The Speaker wishing his newly elected Deputy said he would no doubt hold the scales even in the performance of his new task and securing privileges of members of the House while respecting the Parliamentary tradition.

Jayaratne was elected as the Deputy Speaker in place of Geethanjana Gunawardena who resigned from the post.

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