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Parliament sessions: Decision on postponing early this week 

  • 19-20 May set earlier for Port City Bill debate 

 

By Yoshitha Perera 

 

Considering the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country, the final decision on whether or not to postpone this week’s parliamentary sessions, including the debate on the controversial Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill scheduled for 19 and 20 May, would be taken early this week, based on the situation at the time, The Sunday Morning learnt.  

This was informed to The Sunday Morning by Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, who added that the aforementioned matter and current situation had previously been discussed during the party leaders’ meeting held last Thursday (13).  

When asked by The Sunday Morning whether the parliamentary debate on the Port City Bill would be postponed, Prime Minister’s Media and Communications Director Wijayananda Herath said that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa would decide it following the Parliament’s decision on whether or not the sessions would be postponed. 

“At present, the Premier has not taken any decision to postpone the debate on this Bill. However, if parliament sessions are postponed, then the debate will also have to be postponed.”  

The Supreme Court has sent its special determination on the Bill, based on the hearing of the petitions filed against it and the intervenient petitions filed in favour of it, to the Speaker.