Meanwhile, Keheliya Rambukwella was sworn in as state minister of Mass Media and Digital Infrastructure while Vasudeva Nanayakkara was sworn in as minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages.
Also, Dinesh Gunawardena has been sworn in as minister of Megapolis and Western Development.
Rathana Thera pledges support to president
Earlier in the day, UNF MP - Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera had pledged to support president Maithripala.
Speaking at a media briefing today, he urged the president to convene parliament.
Noting that the national government had not succeeded in delivering the change hoped by the public, the Thera said that this led to a collapse in the economy as well as in many other sectors.