Emergency extended for another month in Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 October 2007, 17:39 GMT]
The Sri Lanka's parliament Tuesday adopted motion to extend the State of Emergency for another month by a majority of 93 votes. All constituent parties of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) including the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF) voted for the motion.

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) also voted with the government. The only political party voted against the motion was Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) abstained from voting.

The State of Emergency, since it was declared in August 2005, is being extended every month by the SL parliament.

Mr.Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, Prime Minister and Deputy Defence Minister moved the motion.

 

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