Sri Lanka's President will pay income tax under a new law, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said, ending another plank of the statist-neo-serfdom built after gaining self-determination from British rule.
The draft law contained a provision to exempt President Maithripala Sirisena from income tax, continuing an provision that existed in the old law, which exempted ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa from income tax.
"We have deleted it," Finance Minister Samaraweera told parliament.
"The request came from non-other than President Maithripala Sirisena himself."