Budget passed with amendments, TNA votes for, SLFP absent

The 2019 Budget was passed in Parliament with amendments today with 119 MPs voting for and 74 against it.

The Tamil National Alliance and the Ceylon Worker’s Congress voted for the budget with the United National Party.

The Joint Opposition and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna voted against it.

Sri Lanka Freedom Party members were absent during the vote.

The budget was presented to Parliament last month and after one month of debate it was passed today.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna had attempted to seek support to defeat the budget but those attempts failed.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the vote showed the confidence Parliament has on the Government.

The budget, which is usually presented in November, was delayed as a result of a political coup last October following a deep first between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette)

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