Sri Lanka extends ‘State of Emergency’ by one month

Sri Lanka extends ‘State of Emergency’ by one month

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Colombo, Jun 22 : Sri Lankan government on Saturday issued an extraordinary Gazette notification which extends the Emergency Regulations for another month -- starting from today June 22.

The Extraordinary Gazette issued by President's Secretary Udaya R Seneviratne upon the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena says the emergency was extended in the best interest of public security.

"I am of the opinion that by the reason of a public emergency in Sri Lanka, it is expedient, so to do, in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the Community," the Colombo page said while quoting the Extraordinary Gazette.

The State of Emergency was initially imposed on April 22 following the Easter Sunday suicide attacks on April 21 which killed more than 200 people.Sri Lanka’s civil war ended almost 10 years ago, but memories of urban carnage are still fresh, particularly for residents of the capital. (UNI)