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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Sri Lanka Parliament prorogued.

[b]Sri Lanka Parliament prorogued.[/b]

[b]Colombo, 22 November, ([/b] Sri Lanka Parliament was prorogued at midnight yesterday and would ceremoniously reopen on 25th at 10.30 A.M with the address of the President as its main item in the order business.

. The government has already presented to the Parliament the budget proposals for the year 2006 by the former Finance Minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama few days before the presidential election, but President Rajapakse has decided not to go ahead with the present budget proposal, as he wants to include the proposals in the Mahinda Cinthanaya in the new national budget.

As it is, it was confirmed that Government found it difficult to annul the budget proposals already before the Parliament and they may have to continue with the second reading when the parliament sessions starts today.

Therefore according to sources close to the Presidency, it was concluded that proroguing is the only solution available to skip the already presented budge and the parliament remained prorogued since midnight yesterday

The new budget proposal is expected to be presented to the Parliament on the 29th of this month.

Also according to sources close to the Presidency it was revealed that the Government has decided to continue with the Emergency for another one month. The emergency motion is scheduled to be discussed in the Parliament on the 25th evening.

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