Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa wins 2015 budget vote despite defections

November 24, 2014 2:46 PM

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Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa wins 2015 budget vote despite defections

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is facing a split in his ruling coalition ahead of a snap presidential poll on Jan. 8, won the final vote on the 2015 budget Monday with a strong majority.

Rajapaksa is aiming for a budget deficit of 4.6 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), its lowest since 1977, from this year's revised 5 percent.

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