Sri Lanka Parliament votes to cut spending on disputed ministers

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Parliament voted to cut spending to maintain disputed ministers and their staff with a majority of 121 legislators supporting the motion, amid a deepening political crisis in the country.

The motion said secretaries of the ministries where disputed ministers have been appointed had no power to released funds to pay their salaries, salaries of personal staff or fund their domestic or international travel.

The Parliament had been at loggerheads with the President Maithripala Sirisena after he appointed ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.

Parliament had passed multiple votes of no confidence against Rajapaksa amid rioting by his loyalists. This week Rajapaksa loyalists boycotted the house. (Colombo/Nov30/2018)
 

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