Soon: Live from parliament

Soon: Live from parliament  

The Parliament would soon broadcast proceedings live, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said.

In an interview with the BBC Sinhala service, Sandeshaya, Mr. Weerakkody had said that the trial would only be limited to radio broadcasts.

“The speaker is committed to broadcast the proceedings of our parliament to the Sri Lankan people,” he said.

“As it is going to be a trial, there won’t be television coverage in the beginning.”

The Deputy Speaker, who is in London by the invitation of UK parliament to study Westminster system, said the arrangements were underway for the live broadcast of the proceedings to begin as soon as possible.

“We hope all the parliamentarians will behave more responsibly as the live broadcasts begin,” he added but said that no date has been agreed for the first broadcast. The Galle district MP has held discussions with the speaker of the UK parliament, three deputy speakers, the general secretary, heads of parliamentary departments as well as the parliamentarians during his study tour.

He used the opportunity, said Deputy Speaker Weerakkody, to explain to the Westminster MPs the efforts by the Sri Lankan government to defeat terrorism.“In fact, the situation arose after the killing of Bin Laden has made it easy for us to explain and (make them) understand the real efforts to defeat the terrorism,” Chandima Weerakkody said.

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