The new parliament will be a success-MR

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By Yohan Perera and Kelum Bandara
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday expressed his confidence that the new parliament would be a success.

“I think the new parliament will be successful with young blood and a number of new young MPs,” he said speaking to journalists at the end of the inaugural sessions of the 8th parliament last evening.

Asked about his opinion of the national government, he said in a lighter vein that it was good. “National government is good,” he said in a jovial manner.  However he said that there should be a powerful opposition as well. He ruled out his becoming the leader of the opposition in response to another question by the journalists. “I have already informed the opposition members that I will not accept the opposition leader’s post — and I will not,” he said. Mr Rajapaksa, who was elected to parliament from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), participated in the inaugural session of the House. He occupied a front row seat in the Chamber. National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa in his speech to congratulate the Speaker, said the new parliament was made unique because of the presence of Mr. Rajapaksa as the political leader who resurrected the country from terrorism.