ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s 2017 budget received its final approval in parliament with an overwhelming two thirds majority while four members, including former president Mahinda Rajapaksa staying away from voting.
The final stage of the budget cleared with 165 legislators voting for and 55 against. The vote exceed the 162 votes the government mustered during the second reading of the budget on November 18.
The committee stage debate of the budget ended Saturday with the final vote after the Third Reading.
The opposition legislators loyal to the former president called for a separate vote on the amendments to the 2017 budget introduced by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and it was duly put to the test and passed with 164 in favour and 55 against.
(COLOMBO, Dec 10, 2016)