State of Emergency lifted

State of Emergency lifted

President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the gazette notification lifting the State of Emergency imposed due to the unrest in the Kandy District recently.

The gazette was issued by the Secretary to the President on the orders of the Head of State.

The gazette read, Maithripala Sirisena as the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka with immediate effect revokes the proclamation issued by him in terms of the powers vested in him by Section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance as amended by Act No.8 of 1959, Law No.6 of 1978 of the National State Assembly and Act No.28 of 1988 proclaiming the operation of the provisions of Party II of the aforesaid Ordinance throughout Sri Lanka with effect from the 6th of March.

The gazette lifting the State of Emergency was signed last night upon the return of President Sirisena from Japan.

A ten day State of Emergency was declared on the 6th of March to redress the unsatisfactory security situation that prevailed in certain parts of the country.

During this period the Police and Armed Forces were empowered to deal with criminal elements in society in order to restore normalcy.

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