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Budget 2018 passed with majority

The budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 was passed with a majority of 99 votes in Parliament on Saturday evening.

The Third Reading of the Budget proposal which was presented by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera on November 9 received 155 votes in favour and 56 against.

The members of UNP, the SLFP faction sitting with the Government, TNA members, CWC and EPDP voted in favour while the Joint Opposition and the JVP voted against the Budget proposal. The Second Reading of the Budget was continued from November 10 to 16. The Second Reading of the Budget was passed by majority of 93 votes. It received 151 votes in favour and 58 against. The Third Reading debate of the Budget proposal which commenced on November 17 continued until December 9 (Saturday).

Following the passing of the Budget, fireworks lit up the sky above Colombo and suburbs.