President Maithripala Siriseena has put his signature on an extraordinary gazette to prorogue the first session of the 8th Parliament with effect from midnight yesterday (12th). According to the gazette, the next Parliament session would commence on 8th May.
The first session of the 8th Parliament commenced on 2nd September 2015 on an extra ordinary gazette 1929/13 issued on 26th August 2015.
According to clause 70 of the Constitution the President has powers to prorogue Parliament but he should name a date for the next session to commence within two months.
During a prorogation, no motions or questions can be tabled in Parliament. It brings nearly all parliamentary business to an end.
The draft of the National Audit Bill that had been delayed being presented to Parliament for a long time was to be debated on the 19th while the bill relevant to establishing special courts to try those who have misappropriated public funds assets was to be presented in parliament.
Also, the 20th amendment to the Constitution to abolish executive presidency the JVP intended to be presented in Parliament as a private members motion was to be presented on the 19th.