Sri Lanka's new government outlined its policies at the opening ceremony of the country's Parliament on Thursday (4 August).
GV & SVs EXTERIOR OF National State Assembly building ??? crowds wait outside to ??? car arriving carrying President Gopallawa and girls waiting for arrival of the president (7 shots)
SV President William Gopallawa walking up with officials (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR National State Assembly
GV President speaking and crowds listening (5 shots)
SV Prime Minister Junius ???
GV crowd listening
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Background: Sri Lanka's new government outlined its policies at the opening ceremony of the country's Parliament on Thursday (4 August). The include new programmes to control inflation, reduce unemployment, and improve the food supply.
SYNOPSIS: The National State Assembly building in Colombo was packed to capacity for the opening ceremony. It was attended by the newly elected members of the Parliament and the Government. Outside, more than 30 thousand people stood in the tropical sun watching the politicians arrive. The opening session was the first since last month's elections in which the former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike suffered a crushing defeat.
The incumbent President Sir William Gopallawa was the day's most important arrival. He read out the Government's speech, written for him by the new Prime Minister Mr. Junius Jayewardene, the leader of the United National Party.
His address included a pledge to bring in a presidential form of government. At present, political power in Sri Lanka is vested in the Prime Minister. The reform would make the President chief executive. Also included was a promise to reduce inflation which has attained a "himalayan height", and a new policy to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in food.