ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka parliament on Wednesday passed the State of Emergency for 30 days since it was declared with 120 votes in favour of the law against 63 votes.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe, when he was the acting president, declared the State of Emergency on July 18 amid youth-led protesters occupying presidential palace, secretariat, prime minister’s official residence and the office ahead of a crucial parliament vote to elect the president, citing there was undue pressure on parliamentarians in choosing the new president.
Wickremesinghe later was elected as the president on July 20.
The State of Emergency gives wide powers for police and military to deal with people when they feel there is a threat to the state or national security.
The parliament has to ratify the president’s declaration within 14 days to extend the law for 30 days. The State of Emergency will lapse if the parliament does not endorse within 14 days or if the president does not declare to extend it again through a gazette notification at the end of 30 days. (Colombo/July 27/2022)