President Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa today marks an important milestone in his political career - the completion of a year in office as President, Head of Government, Head of Cabinet, Minister of Defence and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.
If Budget 2007 is indicative of a genuine effort at fiscal consolidation, it is a step in the correct direction. Yet as in past years we have to await the final outcome rather than rely on the figures presented in the Budget Speech
NEW YORK - As he prepares to leave office, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is on a fast-track diplomatic shuttle trying to strengthen his political legacy before he steps down at the end of December this year.
When President Mahinda Rajapaksa came to Parliament on Thursday to present his second budget, it was quite a contrast from a year ago when the newly elected President made a jubilant entry to the chamber amidst loud cheering from government as well as opposition members with cameras rolling and lights flashing to capture the historic moment.