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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2734

Sri Lanka : The budget for 2009 passed with a majority of 42 votes

Colombo, 08 December, (Asiantribune.com): The fourth budget of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government was passed today evening after the third and final reading with 126 voting in favor and 84 against.

The JVP, UNP, TNA, SLMC and Western People's Front voted against the budget while UPFA, NFF and JHU voted with the government.

The Fourth Budget of the UPFA Government was presented to Parliament last month by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Budget contained a number of proposals aimed at spurring local production and reviving the rural economy.

The Committee Stage debates were shortened this year and the financial heads of 21 ministries were taken up last Friday. The debate was wrapped up in one month. The Defence Budget was passed in Parliament last week with 119 votes in favour (a majority of 105), with the UPFA, JVP, NFF and JHU voting in favour.

- Asian Tribune -

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