COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's president withdrew her national emergency declaration Friday as the nation's prime minister returned from a trip to the United States.
The BBC said thousands of supporters lined the streets of Colombo to greet Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, who vowed to challenge President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
Kumaratunga suspended parliament earlier this week in the prime minister's absence and fired several key ministers.
The president was reportedly upset over the government's dealings with Tamil Tiger rebels, believing too many concessions were being made.
But Wickramasinghe, arriving at Colombo airport, said the president's actions had endangered the peace process: "We have to ensure that parliament is resummoned immediately for the peace process to continue."
The BBC said many fear a confrontation between the prime minister and the president would result in a protracted power struggle that could jeopardize the peace process with the rebels, who are currently observing a cease fire.