Parliament of Sri Lanka

Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව
இலங்கை பாராளுமன்றம்
15th Sri Lankan Parliament
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Karu Jayasuriya, UNP
Since 1 September 2015
Thilanga Sumathipala, SLFP
Since 1 September 2015
Dhammika Dasanayake
Since 18 August 2015
Structure
Seats 225
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Political groups

Government (156)

Opposition (69)

Length of term
5 years
Elections
Proportional representation
Last election
17 August 2015
Next election
On or before 17 August 2020
Meeting place
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Parliament Building, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Website
www.parliament.lk

The Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව Shri Lanka Parlimenthuwa, Tamil: இலங்கை நாடாளுமன்றம்) is the supreme legislative body Sri Lanka. It alone possesses legislative supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all other political bodies in the island. It is modeled after the British Parliament.

It consists of two hundred and twenty-five (225) members known as Members of Parliament (MPs). Members are elected by proportional representation for five-year terms, with universal suffrage. Parliament reserves the power to make all laws.

The President of Sri Lanka has the power to summon, suspend, prorogue, or terminate a legislative session and to dissolve the Parliament. The Speaker or, in his absence the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees or the Deputy Chairman of Committees, presides over Parliament.


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