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Sri Lanka President Extends Order for Armed Forces to maintain public order

Published Jan 24, 2020
Updated Feb 29, 2020

Gazette Notification extends the one issued in November last year and is likely to continue till the parliamentary elections scheduled in the country in April are held.

A special gazette notification has been issued assigning Sri Lanka’s armed forces the task of maintaining public order in all 25 districts of the country. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued an extraordinary gazette notification tasking all members of the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lanka Air Force to maintain public order in the 25 districts of the country and the territorial water adjacent to the coastal districts effective from today (22).

The President has issued this special order in accordance with the powers vested upon the President by Section 12 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40). Accordingly, Armed Forces personnel are deployed for security in administrative districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Jaffna, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee and Puttalam and the territorial water adjacent to such Districts.

In addition, the administrative districts of Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Badulla, Moneragala, Ratnapura and Kegalle are areas specified for the maintenance of public order by the Armed Forces personnel as per the Colombo Page.

In November last year IANS reported that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued a special gazette notice calling on the armed forces to maintain public order across the country, for the safety of the general public, media reports said on Monday.

Any political violence which arises following the conclusion of the recently held presidential election will not be tolerated and all those involved will be arrested by the armed forces, the Defence Secretary said.

Newly-elected President Rajapaksa last week vowed to strengthen national security and establish a secure country where everyone “can live without any fear”, especially after the Easter Sunday suicide attacks on April 21 which killed over 250 people.

Rajapaksa won the November 16 presidential election, with strengthening national security being his core point in his election pledge.