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Sri Lanka Extends State of Emergency


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 rebels.

Sunday, the Sri Lankan army said a Tamil Tiger killed a soldier during a military search of a suspicious boat in the eastern Batticaloa district.

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.


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