Sri Lanka to end state of emergency, says President

August 17, 2022 12:00 am | Updated 05:40 am IST - Colombo

Sri Lanka will not extend a state of emergency imposed to control anti-government protests as the situation in the impoverished nation has “stabilised”, the President’s office said Tuesday.

Ranil Wickremesinghe invoked the tough laws four days after his predecessor fled the country and resigned on July 14 after months of protests over acute shortages of food, fuel and medicines.

The emergency imposed by Mr. Wickremesinghe is due to lapse on Thursday and he has the power to renew it every month thereafter.

“The situation has stabilised, there is no need to reimpose the state of emergency,” Mr. Wickremesinghe’s office said. The emergency allows troops to arrest and detain suspects for long periods.

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