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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

Parliament to vote for the Budget 2008 at 5. 30 PM Sri Lanka Time

Colombo, 14 December, (Asiantribune.com): The final vote of the Budget 2007 would be taken in the Sri Lanka Parliament at 5 PM

During the second reading including Rauff Hakeem the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and three other MPS of his Party voted with the Government and the Government received 118 votes and the opposition 102 votes.

In the last voting two TNA MPs who were absent did not vote.

Puthrasigamaini, Ven. Uduwe Dammaloka and the recent addition to the Government, UNP’s Mahinda Rathnathilaka voted with the Government at the second reading of the budget. Nandana Gunathilaka, who abstained during the 2nd reading, is set to vote with the Government. It is learnt that Wijeydasa would vote against the Government. Also Anura Bandaranaike, National Heritage Minister who crossed over this afternoon to the opposition is also expected to vote against the Government.

The party position now is as follows.

Government

SLFP -- 56
MEP -- 02
LSSP -- 01
CP -- 02
NUA -- 02
CWC -- 07
NMC -- 01
UNP-- 24
SLMC-- 02
ACMC -- 04
EPDP -- 01
UCPF -- 02
JHU -- 08
JVP -- 01

Total -- 113

Opposition

UNP -- 42
WPPF -- 01
ITAK (TNA)-- 22
SLFP -- 02
SLMC-- 04

Total -- 71

JVP -- 37
JHU -- 01
CWC -- 01
SLFP -- 01

Speaker -- 1

Total -- 41

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