President Sirisena arrives at Parliament for the first time since election
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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the Parliament, a short while ago, and the Parliament will meet for the first time since the Presidential election on 8 January.
During the two scheduled days for sittings this week, Parliament is set to approve two pending Bills, the Government Information Department said.
At the meeting Prime Minister Wickremesinghe held with the UNP ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers on Friday, a decision had been taken to pass the Right to Information (RTI) legislation during the 100 days in office along with the National Medicinal Drug Policy Bill and new laws to give more powers to the Auditor General.
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So, actually, who is the opposition in the parliament now?????????
Good question Indra; for that matter, do we need an opposition? The only thing the opposition does is to oppose everything which a Government does.
In the authentic Westminster System, the opposition should be alternative to the Government with shadow ministers with specific portfolios and jointly, the opposition should continuously develop its own policies and display them in public.
The purpose of the opposition was to step in to the shoes of government when the current Government fails in one way or the other.
In SL however, the opposition is the chief mud slinger at the Government.
All Government activities should be audited by parliamentary Committees with cross-member representation. SL did have an effective COPE; sadly, its findings and recommendations never did receive any consideration.