Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared Emergency, for the second time in little over a month, on 6 May 2022. The protests by the citizen escalated in last week, as thousands of people gathered around the parliament demanding the resignation of the President and the Prime Minister. Earlier, the President declared emergency on April 1.

According to the constitution of Sri Lanka, there is no provision to bring a no confidence motion against the President. President can only be impeached. Impeachment motion against the President can be passed only if two-thirds of the members of parliament sign the motion.

Emergency can be declared by the President as per Article 155(2) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, 1978. As per the consitution, the emergency can be declared under the Public Security Ordinance. The proclaimation of declaration of emergency has to be approved by the Parliament within 14 days.

Emergency provisions include detention, enteringm searching or even confiscation of private property of individuals. Also during emergency, any prevailing law can be amended or suspended. Fundamental rights of citizens can be restricted in the aforesaid period.

It is reported that the fuel prices in Sri Lanka is expected to rise again. The economic condition has shown no signs of revival in the past one month. The shortage of essential commodities continue increasing the burden of the common man.

Meanwhile the Government of Tamil Nadu has initated the support to the people of Sri Lanka by collecting funds through CM’s relief fund.

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