April was a significant month for the Sri Lankan Legislature. Two months after reelecting President Mahinda Rajapakse for a second term, April 8 was the appointed day to elect a new Legislature.
April witnessed the outgoing Sixth Parliament convened just once on April 6, 2010 to extend the state of emergency prior to the election. Sri Lanka has been ruled under the emergency regulations for over 24 years with a brief departure from this practice being recorded during 2002-2004.
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