President Chandrika Kumaratunga withdrew tough emergency laws on Friday and replaced them with a lesser clause under the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter One), giving her control over the armed forces, but removing powers to make emergency regulations.
Though the controversial state of emergency decree announced on Wednesday was scrapped, the law authorised to replace it, allows security forces to carry out nationwide searches.rn
rnldblquote When a state of emergency is lifted, it activates Part Three of the Public Security Ordinance, which means only regulations under part three is available to her which are powers in relation to the armed forces
dblquote , Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Rohan Edirisinghe told Lanka Business Online.rn
rnldblquote It is more limited because she cant promulgate any emergency regulations such as censorship
dblquote , Edirisinghe explains.rn
rnIt also removes the need for a ten-day ceiling, under a state of emergency, after which Parliament, now suspend