Lanka’s new Parliament to meet on Aug 20

Colombo, Aug 10:

Sri Lanka’s new Parliament will meet for the first time on August 20 with strict COVID-19 health protocols and no visitors will be allowed, a senior official said on Monday.

Sri Lanka, one of the very few countries in Asia to hold a General Election amidst the pandemic, has reported 2,844 coronavirus cases, including 2,579 recoveries and 11 fatalities.

The Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, registered a landslide victory in the August 5 general election, securing two-thirds majority in the 225-member Parliament. “There is no one-metre gap between the seats within the Parliament’s chamber. So it is difficult to maintain the one-meter social distancing rule. All members of Parliament are advised to wear face masks when they address the chamber,” he said.

Other health guidelines such as washing of hands and social distancing would be practiced.

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