New Govt's Budget Passed In Parliament With Biggest Margin In Recent History

February 07, 2015
The new government's mini budget, which was presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, was passed in Parliament with a majority of 163 votes.

When the second reading vote was taken in Parliament 164 MPs took part in the vote and 163 voted in favour of the government.

Only JVP breakaway MP Ajith Kumara voted against the budget. The SLFP previously stated that they would support the interim budget presented by the new government which came to power, a month ago. However, several opposition MPs such as Wimal Weerawansa, DEW Gunadekara, Dinesh Gunawardene, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Tissa Vitarana and Sriyani Wijewickrama abstained during the second reading vote.
 
Geethanjana Gunawardene, C Gajadheera, YG Padmasiri and Weerakunara Dissanayake also abstain from voting. Those who abstained represented non-SLFP coalition parties of the United People's Freedom Alliance.
 
This was the biggest margin recorded during a budget vote in the recent history of Sri Lanka. The interim budget of the new government received almost unanimous consent from the country's legislature.
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