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Namal mostly absent than present in Parliament

By Tharindu Chaturanga

Joint Opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has been mostly absent than present in Parliament during sittings between May and early August.

According to the Parliament register, Namal Rajapaksa has been in Parliament for just two sessions between 8 May and 10 August.

Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had missed 26 sessions out of 28 Parliament sessions held during this period.

Rajapaksa was present in Parliament on 9 May and 3 July. His Twitter account showed he had been overseas or had attended local events on some of the days he was found to be absent in Parliament.

Meanwhile, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake of the United National Party (UNP) attended Parliament for just five sessions during this same period.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had attended four sessions between 8 May and 10 August. UPFA MPs Premalal Jayasekara, Arumugam Thondaman, and Lakshman Wasantha Perera were also absent on most occasions in Parliament.