Second reading of 2016 budget passed in Parliament

srilanka_parliament-8The second reading of the 2016 budget was passed in Parliament today with 159 members voting for and 52 against it while 13 members were absent.

There were cheers in Parliament from the Government benches when it was found that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was among those absent during the vote.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) voted against the budget while the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) voted for it.

The final vote on the budget will be taken on December 19. (Colombo Gazette)