The third Session of ninth Parliament will commence on Wednesday (3) at 10.30 a.m.
A Gazette Notification was issued concluding the second session of the Ninth Parliament from midnight on Thursday (28).
President Ranil Wickremesinghe prorogued the Parliament in accordance with the powers vested in him through Article 70 (1) of the Constitution with effect from midnight Friday (28).
According to subsections (a) and (b) of Article 33 of the Constitution, after the end of one session of Parliament and a new session commences, the President has the opportunity to ceremonially declare open the Parliament and preside over it to present the Government’s Policy Statement.
When the Parliament is prorogued, the questions and motions which were not considered by the Parliament up until then are abolished, and the Members of Parliament thus have to take it up in accordance with the Standing Orders. Furthermore, the Committees other than the Liaison Committee of Parliament, Committee on High Posts and Select Committees should be reconstituted after the start of the new session. The second session of the Ninth Parliament was from 18 January 2022 to 28 July 2022 under which the Parliament met for 48 days.