President Mahinda Rajapaksa and United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe met at President s House yesterday morning. This is the first meeting between the President and the UNP leader since the April 8 General Elections. The meeting, lasting about 45 minutes was friendly and cordial, Presidential Secretariat sources said.
The parliamentary session is scheduled to open on Thursday and the new Speaker will be elected after the opening address by President Rajapaksa. Of the 225 Members of Parliament (MPs), 180 have already been gazetted. The 16 remaining MPs from Kandy and Trincomalee districts and the 29 MPs from the National List will be gazetted after the re-polling in the two districts today.