Sri Lanka government wins 2009 budget vote

Dec 08, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government Friday won a crucial vote in parliament on its budget for 2009 with a majority of 42 votes, a parliamentary reporter said.

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The government managed to win 126 votes in favour of its budget with 84 against in an assembly made up of 225 members.

The main opposition United National Party, leftwing Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (People’s Liberation Front), Tamil National Alliance, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, and another small party voted against the budget.

Several government parliamentarians were absent.

A previous reading of the budget was passed with the same 42 vote majority on November 15 with 127 voting in favour and 85 against.

Last year too the opposition tried to defeat the government by voting against the budget but failed after weeks of speculation.

If the government had failed to win the budget vote, President Mahinda Rajapakse would have been forced to call a snap election or ask the party that commands a majority in parliament to form the next government.

Monday’s budget