Government Parliamentarians boycotted Parliament sessions today.
When Parliament met at 1pm Government Parliamentarians failed to attend the sessions and the Government seats were empty.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya opened the sessions and went ahead with the agenda for the day.
Government MPs met earlier and decided they will boycott Parliament sessions today.
Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that the Government has decided to boycott Parliament till Speaker Karu Jayasuriya recognises the Government.
Last week, Government MPs attended the initial session of Parliament but later walked out.
The Speaker had ruled recently that he will not recognise the new Government or Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He gave the ruling after the Government lost a no-confidence vote in Parliament.
During Parliament sessions today several United National Front Parliamentarians (UNF) praised Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for standing up for democracy in Parliament.
The Speaker, meanwhile, said that he is prepared to face a no-confidence vote on him if anyone has concerns over his recent actions. (Colombo Gazette)