Sri Lanka has extended its long-running state of emergency for another
month, giving the government broad powers to seek out any remaining
Tamil Tiger rebels presenting a threat to the island nation.
The country's parliament on Tuesday voted to extend the state of emergency by an overwhelming majority.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka told lawmakers that
emergency measures are needed to restore law and order. In May, the
government declared victory in its decades-long war against the Tamil
Sunday, the Sri Lankan army said a Tamil Tiger killed a soldier during
a military search of a suspicious boat in the eastern Batticaloa
The Tamil ethnic minority has complained about discrimination by the
Sinhalese-majority government. The Tamil rebels say they were fighting
for an independent homeland for their community.