State of Emergency lifted in Sri Lanka

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has lifted the State of Emergency declared by him last week.

Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath on the President’s command has issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification revoking the President’s earlier proclamation of State of Emergency issued on 01.04.2022 with effect from midnight Tuesday, 05 April 2022.

“I, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka do hereby with effect from mid night of April 05, 2022, revoke the proclamation issued by me in terms of the powers vested in me by Section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40) proclaiming the operation of the provisions of Part II of the aforesaid Ordinance throughout Sri Lanka with effect from April 01, 2022.,” the Gazette Extraordinary said.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared the State of Emergency and the subsequent 36-nour curfew over the past weekend to suppress the public protests against the government, but the measures failed to achieve the intended result and instead intensified the public anger.

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