Emergency LAW lifted

The State of Emergency declared on March 6, 2018 according to the instructions given by President Maithripala Sirisena was lifted with effect from midnight Saturday.

“President Sirisena after returning to the country following a successful state visit to Japan signed the Gazette notification to lift the State of Emergency with immediate effect from midnight on Saturday,” the President’s Media Division said.

“Accordingly, the Special Gazette notification 2062/50 in this regard was issued on Saturday night,” the PMD added.

Meanwhile, in a Twitter message, the President said yesterday “upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the State of Emergency from midnight yesterday”.

President Maithripala Sirisena declared a State of Emergency On March 6, to redress the unsatisfactory security situation prevailing over certain parts of the country.

The State of Emergency was declared, while empowering Section Two of the Public Security Ordinance within a limited scope.

By declaring a State of Emergency the Police and the Armed Forces were suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in society and to urgently restore normalcy following communal clashes in Digana and certain other areas in the Kandy district.

The Government meanwhile took speedy measures to control the situation and later compensate the victims and also rebuild the public and private property damaged during the clashes. 

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