Budget 2017 passed with two third majority votes
The Third Reading of the 2017 Budget introduced earlier by the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, was passed in Parliament with a majority of 110 votes, while four members, including former president Mahinda Rajapaksa abstaining from voting and staying away. The committee stage debate of the budget ended Saturday with the final vote after the Third Reading.
A total of 165 MPs voted in favor of the budget while 55 voted against. The vote exceed the 162 votes the government received during the second reading of the budget on November 18.
Meanwhile for the first time an electronic voting system was also used in Parliament as a trial following the voting by showing of hands.
Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance presented the Budget for the Year 2017 to Parliament on November 10.
The Second Reading Debate took place for a period of six days from November 11 to November 18 and the Second Reading Division took place on November 18, 2016.
The Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill (2017) was passed by the House on November 18. A division by name of the MPs was taken as 162 votes were cast in favor while 55 votes were against it.
The Committee Stage Debate took place for a period of nineteen days from November 19 to December 10 before the Third Reading Division took place today (10).
The opposition legislators loyal to the former president called for a separate vote on the amendments to the 2017 budget introduced by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and it was duly put to the test and passed with 165 in favour and 55 against.
- Asian Tribune -