Emergency to be extended

2 March 2010 11:59 am - 21     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Gandhya Senanayaka

Parliament is likely to reconvene for a special session next week to extend the state of emergency by another month, Government sources told Daily Mirror online.

Parliament was dissolved on 9 February in order to conduct General Elections next month but President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to convene a special session of the house next week to extend the State of emergency.

Meanwhile AFP reported that the President signed a proclamation last night extending the tough laws by a further month.
"The parliament now stands re-convened until the elections are conducted on April 8 and the new assembly holds its first sittings on April 22," AFP quoted an official as saying.

The president can extend the emergency for a period of one month at a time, but it must be ratified by parliament within 10 days.

  Comments - 21

  • Tuesday, 02 March 2010 12:44 PM

    Will it make the "Former MPs" becoming "MPs"? In that case, security has to be provided to the MPs. IGP check the rules and try to make a way out of this mess.

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 12:50 PM

    Why on earth do we need emergency laws now that the country is supposedly liberated? Is it to protect the public from the politicians ;-)

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 12:56 PM

    what a sad day for sri lanka, this is wat sri lankans vote for, not to enjoy the ride with them also

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 01:46 PM

    what emergency ? why emergency

    Thursday, 04 March 2010 10:29 AM

    Strikes, protest and processions at bay!

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 01:52 PM

    The ex-MPs would definitely ask for security cover to attend sessions in the Parliament. So, will the IGP restore security to them for one day again?

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 02:30 PM

    Emergency is nullifyer of democratic rights of the people, kept on extending for the last several decades. This shows authoriies have no faith in full implementation of democracy.

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 02:32 PM

    "Emergency" has lost its meaning in this country.

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 02:46 PM

    God Bless Mother Lanka.

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 04:01 AM

    well said MDK,

    aftermath of election I beleive not only LTTE there are other terrorists also...
    1. SF and JVP
    2. That LTTE wing which is said to be operating from Trinco Jungles
    3. Some Muslim terrorism in Eastern province.
    4. Underworld activities in Colombo.

    all these should be crushed before removing state of emergency

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 03:13 PM

    Good Question! How many people know that this country is under emetgency for almost 27 years? We had rescently celebrated 60 years of freedom, not sure what is that mean!

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 04:03 AM

    How can parliament be re-called? There is NO PARLIAMENT as it has been DISSOLVED - it has NOT been prorogued. There are NO MP"s now. It would be a violation of the constitution. Therefore the Emergency will lapse.

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 04:12 AM

    Well said, the emergency for the Opposition and to arrest the protesters not for the LTTE.

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 04:14 AM

    What for???? If the war Is over.............

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 06:36 PM

    Now the question for Sri Lankans is whether they really want to extend 'emergency' rule?

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:23 PM

    They say 'no war' but still ...

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 05:19 AM

    TERRORISM! If there is none they will create one.

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 05:24 AM

    Until the formation of the next parliment all MP's in the last parliment are obliged to be responsible for the country as the care- taker government and should co-operate in ratification of all decisions covered by the proclamation riginated by the Executive President.. That is a requirement in the existing constitution. Perhaps this is the last chance for several MP's who will be rejected by the people in the next general election to appear in Diyawanna Oya.

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:28 PM

    NO! It is NOT to curb democracy. It's to prevent any further rise in terrorism. There are still elements of the LTTE, in hiding. It will take a long time for these to be 'weeded out'.

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 12:25 PM

    Why neccessity of emergency laws after the total defeat of terrorism of LTTE? Is it to curb democratic activities of the opposition?

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 12:29 PM

    Will the opposition members' security be restored, since they become sitting members once again?

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