July 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena considering the security situation in the country, on Monday has issued an Extraordinary Gazette announcing the extension of the state of emergency, by another month.
The gazette has been issued with the signature of the Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The gazette notification said the President is of the opinion that "by the reason of a public emergency in Sri Lanka, it is expedient, so to do, in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community."
According to the gazette notification, the provisions of Part 2 of the Ordinance should be implemented all over Sri Lanka in accordance with the powers vested upon the President in terms of the Public Security Act.
The President Sirisena declared the state of emergency on April 22, after multiple terror attacks in the country on Easter Sunday killed nearly 260 people and injured over 500.