On August 9, 2011, the Sri Lankan government announced that it would lift emergency laws that had been in place in the country for 30 years. The laws were first established during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The state of emergency had been extended in May 2010; however, some of the more severe provisions were reduced. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, DM Jayartne, insisted that it is necessary for some of the emergency restrictions to remain in place.
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