The inaugural meeting of the Parliamentary  Council (PC)  established under the 20th Amendment was held yesterday where its members  discussed the framework within which it  will operate.

The Council will meet again  on 10 November to formally commence its work and take up for consideration the names of the nominees to be appointed to the Supreme Court, submitted to the Council by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The Parliamentary Council which replaced the Constitutional Council (CC) which was set up under the 19th Amendment to  the Constitution only has powers to make its observations  on the nominees sent by the President .

It has a week  to communicate its  observations, failing which  the President can go ahead and confirm the appointments.

The five member  PC is headed by the Speaker and has as its two ex-officio members the Prime  Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. It 's  two other members are Minister  Douglas Devananda who is the PM’s nominee andSJB MP Kabeer Hashim who’s the Opposition Leader’s nominee.

All members attended the inaugural meeting yesterday while  Secretary General of Parliament DhammikaDasanayake and the Deputy Secretary General & Chief of Staff Neil Iddawalawere also present at the meeting.