Emergency extended

[TamilNet, Thursday, 05 April 2001, 18:52 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Parliament Thursday passed a motion extending the State of Emergency for another month by a majority of 22 votes. The United National Party (UNP), Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Tamil Eelam Organisation (TELO) and All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) voted against the motion. The solitary Parliamentarian of the Sinhala Urumaya was not present at that time of voting. 111 parliamentarians voted for the motion and 89 voted against.

Meanwhile the Votes on the Ministry of Defense were passed at the committee stage of the budget debate with a majority of 89 votes.

The UNP and JVP abstained from voting. Only eight Parliamentarians from the Tamil political parties voted against the defense votes.

The vote was taken at the request of the Tamil United Liberation Front.

 

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