SL Parliament extends Emergency Regulations

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 07 June 2006, 17:04 GMT]
Sri Lanka's parliament Wednesday adopted a motion extending the State of Emergency for another month with a majority of 84 votes. 102 parliamentarians voted for the motion and 18 voted against The main opposition the United National Party (UNP), the Sinhala nationalist cum Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, (JVP), all monks party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) voted with the ruling party United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), sources said.

The Tamil National Alliance and Western Peoples Front (WPF) voted against the motion, parliamentary sources said.

The Government of Sri Lanka declared the State of Emergency on August 13 last year, a day after the assassination of the Foreign Minister Mr.Lakshman Kadirgamar.

Since then the State of Emergency has been extended every month, sources said.

 

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