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JVP silent on emergency voting

[BBC, Friday, 11 September 2009 11:03 No Comment]

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) abstained from voting for the extension of the state of emergency in Sri Lanka along with the United National Party.

This is the first time that the JVP has not backed the emergency regulations since 2005.

JVP parliamentarian K.D. Lal Kantha told parliament on Wednesday that their party is opposed to emergency regulation "meant to combat terrorism been employed to suppress democracy" even after the "end of war".

Arrest of journalists

The JVP had earlier accused the government of using emergency regulations against the one day token strike carried out recently by electricity workers, and to detain journalists of the pro-JVP Lanka Irida weekly.

Journalists Daya Nettasinghe, Ravindra Pushpakumara and Shalika Wimalasena were later released on bail.

The motion to extend the state of emergency for another month was passed in Parliament with a majority of 87 votes.

One hundred parliamentarians voted in favour of extending the emergency.

Thirteen members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) voted against.

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