Chamal Rajapakse the Speaker

posted on: 26-08-2012

When the Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa was unanimously elected as the 19th Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka no one doubted his ability to maintain the highest ethics and integrity required of this esteemed position. During his 21 years as a Parliamentarian, a Deputy Minister and as a Minister, Chamal Rajapaksa had already established himself as a ‘gentleman’ politician, a strict disciplinarian and commanded respect from not only politicians but from most citizens of the country. His service experience as a Sub Inspector of Police and then as a Civil Servant has also held him in good stead.

The role of the Speaker of Parliament is an undoubtedly challenging one and the Hon. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has done an outstanding job in controlling our often ‘emotional’ and animated assembly of parliamentarians. He has stamped his authority in no uncertain terms and has even had Opposition an even Government Members of Parliament escorted out of the Chambers due to behaviour that’s ‘out-of-order’.

His dynamism and charisma as a Speaker is also internationally renowned as he was conferred the presidency of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at the 57th session of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference concluded in London on the 28th July 2011. The CPA also endorsed Colombo as the venue for its next Conference.

Even through his busy schedule as the 3rd citizen of Sri Lanka, the Hon. Speaker still finds time to dedicate towards the various development projects that he had undertaken and is most often seen with the masses in his hometown in Hambantota.

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