President Maithripala Sirisena entering the chamber followed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and senior parliamentary staff. The President delivered his policy statement.
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Parliament: MS promises
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said his administration would introduce a new political culture and the country would be governed through consensus for the next two years.
"This country has been ruled by two parties from time to time since Independence. One party ruled the country for 35 years and the other for 32 years. I hope to change this political culture and replace the two party system by a government of consensus during my time. I hope all of you will extend your cooperation and assistance to make that effort a success for the betterment of the country and nation," the President said, presenting the first Statement of Government Policy in Parliament yesterday.