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Work to overcome challenges as one nation – Speaker

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that everyone should work together as one nation in order to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The Speaker was addressing the oath/affirmation ceremony of Government officials for 2021 at the Parliament complex yesterday.

The Speaker encouraged everyone to be determined to not waver in the face of challenges.

The Speaker hoisted the National Flag near the main entrance in front of the Parliament Building inaugurating the dawn of the New Year, followed by a two-minutes silence which was observed to commemorate the War Heroes and all those who sacrificed their lives for the country. The oath/affirmation of the staff members of Parliament took place afterwards.

“Last year was uncertain not only for Sri Lanka but for the whole world. The same situation is likely to persist this year. Therefore, it is essential that everyone acts with a sense of understanding and attention. It is possible to overcome the COVID-19 challenge by working in coordination with everyone. Everyone must work towards this common goal. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lankans have been victorious in the name of democracy.

At the beginning of the year there was no Parliament to run the affairs of the country. Nevertheless, the people were able to elect a new Government and a Parliament when a Parliamentary election was held.”

Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said that Parliament was able to overcome the challenges of 2020 optimally. The Secretary General also emphasized the need for working together to overcome the challenges in the face of COVID-19. Furthermore, he said that it was due to commitment and the utmost sense of responsibility that everyone was able to overcome the challenges of last year.

Medical Officer of the Parliamentary Medical Centre J.U.B. Rathnayake spoke on the responsibility of each individual in society in overcoming the COVID-19 challenge. He also pointed out that the COVID-19 challenge can be curbed with good health practices.