Emergency will not be extended


The Government has decided not to extend the State of Emergency after 18 August.

The State of Emergency was declared on 18 July by Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as Acting President, having been sworn in on 15 July.

Wickremesinghe announced the State of Emergency after then President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country following protesters occupying the President’s Office in Fort and the Presidential Secretariat on 9 July.

The Government said the State of Emergency was imposed in the interests of public security, the protection of public order, and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the community.

Parliament passed the regulations on 27 July.

According to the Public Security Ordinance, the Proclamation will be valid for a period of one month if approved by the Parliament within 14 days of the Gazette Notification. If the approval of Parliament is not obtained within 14 days, it will be cancelled.

Also, the State of Emergency can be extended once every 30 days with the approval of Parliament.