Emergency extended in Sri Lanka for another month
[TamilNet, Thursday, 05 March 2009, 05:58 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Parliament Wednesday adopted a motion to extend the state of emergency for another month by a majority of 62 votes. 74 parliamentarians of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its allied parties, Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF), National Freedom Front (NFF), Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) voted for the motion, parliamentary sources said.
Twelve parliamentarians of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who were
present in the parliament at that time, voted against the motion.
Parliamentarians of the main opposition United National Party (UNP)
were not present in parliament when the motion was put to vote.
The State of Emergency is being extended in Sri Lanka every month,
since August 12, 2005