Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the new government’s first budget to Parliament this afternoon.

It was a low key Budget presentation with only members of the diplomatic corps invited to the public gallery while the media gallery remained closed for the third week in a row due to fears over the spread of COVID-19.

The post Budget tea party was also limited to Members of Parliament (MP) s and the member of the diplomatic corps, a deviation of the usual practice where a large numbers of invitees including public officials and media personnel also attend the event.

Here are photos from today’s Budget presentation & the tea party.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa making his way to his seat in the Chamber 
Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Nimal Siripala De Silva, G.L.Peiris & former President Maithripala Sirisena