President  Gotabaya Rajapaksa presided over the ceremonial sitting  of the Ninth Parliament of Sri Lanka on Thursday. He delivered the Government’s Policy statement to the House during the session.

Here are some scenes from inside the Parliamentary Chamber.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has a word with State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera 
Jeevan Thondaman who at 26 is the youngest MP in the 9th Parliament 
President addresses the House from the Speaker's Chair 
Batticaloa District MP Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pilliyan