ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s parliament will only convene on June 08 this week between 10 and 4.30pm due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, Parliament’s Director of Communications Shan Wijetunga said.
The decision was taken at a party leaders’ meeting June 07 morning, Wijetunga told EconomyNext.
An adjournment debate will be moved by the opposition on June 08 about the epidemic situation, he said.
Ten parliament police officers tested positive for COVID-19 last week, PCR tests conducted on parliament staff showed.
“This will not affect tomorrow’s proceedings,” said Wijetunga.
Four MPs have also tested positive for the virus and their close contacts in parliament including other MPs have been requested to self-isolate. Wijetunga said a decision has yet to be taken regarding this with respect to the June 08 sittings.
Nuwara Eliya district Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) parliamentarian Maruthapandi Rameshwaram was the first MP to contract the virus in Sri Lanka’s third wave.
Main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) MP Mujibur Rahuman tested positive for the virus on May 20 and opposition and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa said on May 23 that he and his wife tested positive though he was asymptomatic.
Another SJB MP Nalin Bandara and his wife tested positive for the virus on May 25.
Premadasa, Bandara and a number of other MPs from the SJB have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine that was given to members of parliament claiming that they couldn’t do it at a time when many ordinary citizens hadn’t been jabbed. (Colombo/June07/2021)