Sri Lanka parliament passes ‘state of emergency’

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The Sri Lanka Parliament on Monday passed the ‘state of emergency’ regulations with claims to seize hidden food stocks amid soaring prices of food and essential items.

Meanwhile, the opposition parties expressed their worries that the emergency has been imposed not only to control essential food prices but also to silence the dissent against the government.

During voting, 132 votes were registered their votes in support of regulations, 51 opposed it.

On August 31, the Sri Lankan President and accused war criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa imposed the state of emergency under the guise of preventing the hoarding of food items.

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran said that the public had not been made aware of the State of Emergency. He further said there is a fear the State of Emergency will be misused.

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