Emergency extended in Sri Lanka for another month
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 April 2009, 19:58 GMT]
Sri Lanka Parliament Tuesday adopted a motion to extend the state of emergency for another month by a majority of 81 votes when the House of Representatives met Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. presided by the Speaker of the House, V. J. M. Lokku Bandara. The motion submitted by the Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was passed with 92 MPs voting for, and 11 MPs voting against, parliamentary sources said.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians were the only members who voted against the motion.
The main opposition party, United National Party (UNP), did not participate in the voting.
National Freedom Front (NFF) led by Wimal Weerawanse and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party voted for the motion along with the government MPs.