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* Sri Lanka President signs the gazette notification to extend Emergency Rule
Wed, Mar 3, 2010, 01:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed the Gazette notification for the extension of Emergency for another month and to reconvene the dissolved legislature on March 9 to vote on the extension of emergency powers for reasons of national security, the Government Media Unit announced.

The State of Emergency which gives wide powers to the government is renewed every month by a parliamentary vote. The current state of emergency is to expire on March 5.

The government pointed out that the January's relatively peaceful and internationally recognized free and fair Presidential election was held with Emergency regulations in place.

The extension of the Emergency shows that the Government wishes to take no risks regarding the safety of its citizens, or the security of the electoral process, leading up to the country's first General election since the end of the 27 years of LTTE terrorism in 2009, it said.

Although the LTTE was defeated in May 2009, there are reliable reports that some LTTE cadres are still around, with intent to carry out activities threatening public security, the statement added.

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