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State of Emergency extended by one more month

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Despite assurances to the contrary, the State of Emergency has been extended by one more month.

A Gazette notification issued to this effect states President Maithripala Sirisena, with the powers vested upon him, has decided to extend the emergency for another month.

President Maithripala Sirisena with the powers vested upon him has extended the state of emergency for one more month.

Due to the prevailing emergency situation in Sri Lanka, it is prudent to extend the State of Emergency in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and maintaining essential services, the Extraordinary Gazette issued today quotest the President as saying.

Extraordinary Gazette issued by the Presidential Secretariat (document.gov.lk)

This was the third time the Emergency has been extended since it was first declared on 22 April in the aftermath of the Easter attacks.

When he last extended the Emergency on 22 June, Sirisena promised that it would be the last time it was extended.