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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES LIFTING OF EMERGENCY

Aug 25, 2011 11:24:26 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa presenting a Resolution in Parliament today to lift the State of Emergency, said that there was no need to maintain an emergency as security in the country has now been consolidated.

Moving the Resolution, the President said this Parliament for several years had adopted the extension of the Emergency. Some voted against it while some abstained from voting. He said Parliament was represented by all political parties. The President pointed out that they have an opportunity to find solutions to the problems of the country sans terrorist influence, openly and within a democratic framework. As such, he said he was calling on Parliament on behalf of the people to grant this opportunity to the country. To maintain the future activities of the country democratically under normal regulations, he said he wished to submit the Resolution to lift the Emergency. The President opined that he was making this proposal as he was satisfied there was no need for such regulations to administer the country. As such he noted that the House was being informed that action will not be taken to extend the emergency.

The President asserted that the present government did not go for a media censorship. He clarified in Parliament that although they waged battles against the world’s most deadliest terrorist outfit, a media censorship was not imposed despite some media causing obstructions to the humanitarian operations. The President emphatically mentioned that he considered it as the best example to show to the world that it was purely a genuine humanitarian operation.

Development which has dawned had expanded to Jaffna today. Clarifying that the Jaffna people were reaping the dividends of development, the President said that from May 2009, no terrorist activities had been reported in the country. The President said that not only the country was liberated from the terrorists and devastated areas were being rebuilt, a democratic administrative system has been gradually strengthened. He revealed that it was hoped to hold Provincial Elections for the North next year. The Government has succeeded in giving an opportunity for the people of the North to participate in elections for Local bodies, Provincial Councils and even the Presidential polls, as the people in the rest of the country.