Emergency extended for another month in Sri Lanka
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 December 2009, 11:39 GMT]
Sri Lanka’s parliament Tuesday evening adopted a motion moved by the
Prime Minister Ratnasri Wickremanayake seeking the approval to
extend the State of Emergency for another month by a majority of
seventy four votes. Ninety five parliamentarians from the ruling party
United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its allies voted for the
motion. Twenty one parliamentarians of the Tamil National Alliance
(TNA) and the main opposition United National Party (UNP), present in
the House voted against.
Parliamentarians of the Janatha Vimukthi
Peramuna (JVP) were not present at that time of voting, parliamentary
Meanwhile, the next sitting of the Sri Lankan parliament was postponed to January
5 on a motion moved by the government amid protest by the opposition.
The motion was put to vote. Eighty nine members of the government
group voted in favour of the motion and fifty four opposition
parliamentarians voted against.
The State of Emergency is being extended with the approval of the
parliament every month since August 12, 2005.