Weerakkody elected Dy. Speaker


by Saman Indrajith

UPFA Galle district MP Chandima Weerakkody was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament, uncontested yesterday. After Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa announced that the post tell vacant following the appointment of former Deputy Speaker Priyankara Jayaratne to the post of Civil aviation Minister, Leader of the House, Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva proposed the name of MP Weerakkody for the post of Deputy Speaker. Chief Government Whip Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena seconded it.

Chief opposition Whip John Amaratunga said that the opposition had no objections to the appointment of MP Weerakkody to the post. Speaker Rajapaksa wishing the new Deputy Speaker all the best said that the latter was expected to discharge his duties impartially. The Speaker also thanked his former Deputy for rendering valuable service during his tenure in office.

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