It’s Through

Sri Dharanee Performance Arts Theatre

Sri Lanka’s parliament Thursday extended the state of emergency imposed after the assassination of the country’s foreign minister by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels. Sri Lanka’s parliament Thursday extended the state of emergency imposed after the assassination of the country’s foreign minister by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels. The assembly voted 124 for and 21 against extending the tough emergency laws, imposed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga and being used by police probing Friday’s killing of rebel critic Lakshman Kadirgamar, by a month.

“We need the emergency to investigate the assassination,” Public Security Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said. “Tigers continue to violate the ceasefire and that is why we need the emergency laws to continue.”

The minister accused the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of carrying out the assassination, but the rebels have denied any involvement.

Although President Kumaratunga’s government was reduced to a minority in June when the main Marxist coalition partner walked out, it won opposition support Thursday for the emergency.

“We support the emergency on the basis it will be used only for th