SLPP Ratnapura District MP elect Premalal Jayasekera who is on death row was sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) before Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abyewardena today amidst strong protests by opposition lawmakers.

The swearing in was the first item on the agenda of today's proceedings, with Jayasekera, who had been brought to Parliament by the Prison Department, taking his oaths.

The swearing in took place amidst angry protests by MPs of the main Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) who wore black sashes around their necks  to display their anger at the decision to allow Jayasekera to take oaths.

Later the  SJB  MPs walked out of the Chamber in protest.

Premalal Jayasekera taking his oaths 
Greeting the Speaker after swearing in