Chandima Weerakkody has been appointed as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
He fills the vacancy created by Priyankara Jayaratne, who has taken oaths as a Deputy Minister of the new Cabinet. Chandima Weerakkody is a Parliamentarian of the United People’s Freedom Alliance from the Galle District. House Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva proposed his name while Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena seconded it. Accordingly Chandima Weerakkody was appointed as Deputy Speaker with the consent of the Government as well as Opposition members. Mr. Weerakkody who is an Attorney is a past pupil of Nalanda College, Colombo.