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Sri Lankan Parliament Cuts Prime Minister’s Budget As Political Crisis Continues

Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is seen during the parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka November 29, 2018 (Photo: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte).

By: Radhakrishna N S

Sri Lanka’s parliament cut the budget of the prime minister’s office on Thursday (29), a move designed to hinder disputed premier Mahinda Rajapaksa whose supporters boycotted the vote in the latest twist in a weeks-long political standoff. Lawmakers opposed to Rajapaksa, who has lost two no-confidence votes in parliament, regard his administration as illegitimate and say he should not be able to use government money for his day-to-day expenses. “This means the prime minister will be dysfunctional. We will bring a similar motion tomorrow to cut down the expenditure of all other ministers,” said Ravi Karunanayake, the former finance minister…

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