Colombo (March 18, 2018): According to the state media On Sunday, The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ends state of emergency in the country imposed on March 6 for the first time since the civil war.
President Sirisena, who returned to Sri Lanka last night from an official visit to India and Japan, removed the state of emergency as the situation in the country returned to normal.
“Upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the State of Emergency from midnight yesterday, he twitted on Sunday.
Returned from a very successful tour of Japan, that brings many short and long terms benefits to us. Upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the State of Emergency from midnight yesterday.
— Maithripala Sirisena (@MaithripalaS) March 18, 2018
“The President decided to revoke the order in view of the improved security situation,” a presidential official said.
The government imposed a state of emergency on March 6 and blocked Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media sites following anti-Muslim violence in the island’s central hills Kandy and Ampara districts in which three people were killed and hundreds of Muslim-owned properties, including mosques, were damaged.
The communal violence was triggered by the death of a Sinhalese man at the hands of a mob.
The government had deployed thousands of troops to restore peace and protect the minority Muslims and their property.