Leave for all security forces personnel cancelled

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All leave of security forces personnel has been cancelled with immediate effect, the Ministry of Defence announced.

Issuing a statement, the Ministry explained that the decision was taken in view of the prevailing State of Emergency, thereby instructing all personnel to report to duty immediately.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a State of Emergency yesterday, by way of an Extra Gazette notification [No.2278/22], under the Public Security Ordinance.

The Government later claimed that the declaration of a Public Emergency was made so as to ensure political stability, which is a vital condition in overcoming the current socio-economic crisis in the country thereby assuring public safety and uninterrupted supply of essential services.