The Sri Lankan government on Saturday lifted the state of emergency imposed in the country. The state of emergency was imposed two weeks ago in view of the unprecedented economic crisis and anti-government protests in the country.
The government decided not to introduce the Emergency Regulations in Parliament in view of the improvement in law and order. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency on the midnight of May 6 for the second time in a month.
According to the news of ‘Hiru News’, the President’s Secretariat has said that the emergency has been lifted from Friday midnight. It is up to the Parliament to enforce or maintain the emergency, which must be presented to the House within 14 days of notification by the President. However, the government decided not to introduce the Emergency Regulations in Parliament.
During emergency, the police and security forces get unlimited power to arrest and detain any person.
At least 10 people have died and more than 200 have been injured in clashes during pro-government and anti-government protests in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has been facing an unprecedented economic crisis since its independence from Britain in 1948. This crisis has arisen due to lack of foreign exchange due to which the country is unable to pay for imported food grains and fuel. Due to this there has been an acute shortage of essential goods and the prices have gone up.
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