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Emergency rule extended after attacks

February 23, 2008

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— East Timor's Parliament on Friday extended by 30 days a state of emergency imposed after attacks by suspected rebels on the country's two top leaders.

The state of emergency, which bans rallies and imposes a nighttime curfew, was due to end today.

After a request by the acting president, lawmakers voted 34-12 to extend it by 30 days.

"Criminal groups still walk free and are a serious threat to the organs of the state and to the people as a whole," the government said in statement after requesting the extension.

Also Friday, more than 1,000 police and soldiers paraded in the capital, Dili, in an apparent show of force following the Feb. 11 attacks that critically wounded President Jose Ramos-Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

A group of dismissed soldiers is suspected in the strikes.

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