No need to extend the state of emergency in Sri Lanka- Minister

Last Updated: Mar 14 2018 17:02

The new law and order minister said that the Sri Lankan government is unlikely to extend the 10-day nationwide state of emergency enforced after communal riots sparked in Kandy district, as no fresh incidents of violence have been reported from anywhere in the country.

The government also said that the restriction on the use of social media, including the Facebook would be lifted by Friday. 

“I had a discussion with the Inspector General of Police and senior police officers this morning to assess the current security situation in the country."

“We are of the view that the country’s security situation is normal right now and therefore, the extending of the ‘state of emergency’ which will expire on Thursday (March 15) will not be necessary,” Maddumabandara was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“A decision in this regard would be taken soon but the final decision, however, will be taken on both issues after President returns from his official visit to Japan,” the Minister said.