A gazette notice has been issued to summon the new Parliament on Thursday morning.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had earlier issued a gazette to summon Parliament on Thursday, 20 August.
A new gazette has now been issued mentioning the time the new Parliament will convene.
Accordingly, by virtue of the powers vested in him by Article 70 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has summoned Parliament to meet in the Chamber of Parliament, Sri Jayawardenepura at 09.30 a.m. on Thursday, 20 August.
The Parliament, convening on the 20th of August, will proceed by electing the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairperson of Committees respectively, after which all members will take the official oaths or affirmation.
Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is scheduled to present the new Government Policy Statement at the ceremonial sitting of the first session of the Ninth Parliament on the 20th of August 2020.
The President is scheduled to chair the inaugural meeting at 3.00 pm and the statement of the new Government’s policy as provided by Article 33(2) of the Constitution will be read by the President.
The new Parliament will convene by following health guidelines issued to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Colombo Gazette)