The Sri Lankan parliament will meet on November 5 as originally scheduled, President Maithripala Sirisena told the four Ambassadors who had presented their credentials on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Speaker formally announced the seating arrangements in parliament according to which the seat allotted to the Prime Minister will be given to Mahinda Rajapaksa who was appointed Prime Minister by President Sirisena on October 26.
Ambassadors who presented their credentials on Thursday were: Alaina Teplitz, Ambassador of the United State of America; Akira Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan; Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of the Republic of France; Ashraf Haidari, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Speaker had formally announced the seating arrangements in parliament according to which he will give Mahinda Rajapaksa will be given the seat allotted to the Prime Minister as he had been appointed PM by President Sirisena on October 26.
The United National Party (UNP), headed by the ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has claimed that it has 129 members out of the total membership of parliament of 225 and therefore an overwhelming majority.
But Keheliya Rambukwella, spokesmen of the Sirisena-Rajapaksa government said that the UNP could claim any number but its claim has to be demonstrated on the floor of the House on November 5.
“We are aiming at 113, the minimum number to be in the government. But will get more,” Rambukwella said.
“We are getting a part of the Tamil National Alliance and one of the Muslim parties.”
On October 26 The UNP-led United National Front (UNF) had 106 plus the support of the 16-member TNA and the Sirisena-Rahapaksa group had 95. But since then five from the UNP had joined the ruling group. None of the Sirisena-Rajapaksa has defected so far.