Thai PM to address the House
Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra who will arrive in Sri
Lanka on May 30 for an official tour is scheduled to address Sri Lanka's
Parliament on May 31 at 2.45 p.m.
On the instructions of Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, a welcome ceremony
is being organised while a special seat for Premier Shinawatra would be
set up in the Chamber near the Speaker's chair.
According to Parliament sources, the Thai Premier is going to be the
third female State Leader to address Sri Lanka's Parliament. Earlier,
former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher had addressed Parliament during official visits.
Religious dignitaries, the Chief Justice, legal luminaries and
diplomatic corps would also grace the event. Special security
arrangements will be in place in and around the Parliament complex.
Meanwhile, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Opposition Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe and Leader of the House and Irrigation and Water
Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva are scheduled to address the
House on that day, sources said.
The Speaker has requested all MPs to be present in Parliament when
Thailand Prime Minister addresses the House on May 31.
The request from the Speaker was read to the House by Deputy Speaker
Chandima Weerakkody last Wednesday. Special traffic arrangements would
be in place on that day by the City Traffic Police and nearby police
stations, the Deputy Speaker said.