Govt. to relax Emergency Regulations

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By Sadun A. Jayasekera

The government will gradually relax the Emergency Regulations and totally lift the regulations by the end 2011, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

Addressing the weekly cabinet briefing he said the phasing out and the lifting of the emergency had nothing to do with the pressure exerted by any outside powers as the security and administration of Sri Lanka is entirely a domestic responsibility of the government.

Asked whether last Thursday’s US House Foreign Relations Committee resolution to ban development aid unless Sri Lanka lift emergency regulations had any bearing on the government’s decision, Minister Rambukwella replied by saying ‘absolutely not’.    

“The US action also was a domestic issue of that country. We do not take issues of other countries when we arrive on our decisions. Besides, it was this government that relaxed emergency regulations gradually while all other regimes used emergency to rule the country,” he stressed.  

Commenting on the positive side of the emergency regulations, Minister Rambukwella said the conduct of elections to local government authorities where international cricket stadiums were located was postponed on the request of National Democratic Front member Parliamentarian Arjuna Ranataunga on the ground that elections may affect world cup limited over tournament cricket matches.

“By postponing elections under emergency regulations on the request of an opposition member, we strengthened democracy,” Minister Rambukwella emphasized. 

He added that elections will have to be held for the remaining 23 municipal and urban councils immediately after the lifting of emergency regulations and the government was ready for that. (Daily Mirror)

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  • Gabriel Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:35 PM

    Well done :) thanks for being fare

    Minister Thursday, 28 July 2011 10:07 AM

    But.,, How can you rule without it?

    ICC Friday, 29 July 2011 05:02 AM

    WHO CARE , KEEP IT UP.

    Jeyaraj. Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:21 AM

    Yes,this is one of the Indian and US demands.Anyway,people will like it.

    Albert Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:02 PM

    We have been waiting patiently for this since May 2009.

    Shankar Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:18 AM

    Thanks to US

    clueless Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:24 AM

    Better late than never!!

    Anton Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:03 PM

    Under pressure?

    willows Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:42 AM

    so you are back????

    ranjan Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:44 AM

    These people can’t do politics without this emergency regulations

    Cynic Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:49 AM

    Rig the CMC election before you fully relax emergency.

    Konde Bendapucheenaa Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:52 AM

    Good Move who ever responsible

    simple mind Thursday, 28 July 2011 08:09 AM

    Why only relax why not take it out completely

    Javi Thursday, 28 July 2011 08:09 AM

    Late but forward decision

    raj Saturday, 30 July 2011 01:14 AM

    does it mean that you acknowledge that there is no terrorist threat?

    Sam Samarasinghe Thursday, 28 July 2011 09:07 AM

    Oh, Freedom again. Thanks to US and India.


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