Yemens parliament enacted sweeping emergency laws on Wednesday after the countrys embattled president asked for new powers of arrest, detention and censorship to quash a popular uprising demanding his ouster. The move escalates the showdown between U.S.backed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh and the movement that has unified military commanders, religious leaders and protesting youth in demands for his immediate departure. The law suspends the constitution, allows media censorship, bars street protests and gives security forces 30 days of farreaching powers to arrest and detain suspects without judicial process. Its adoption was a virtual certainty because Mr. Salehs ruling party dominates the 301seat legislature. Opposition and independent legislators stayed away from Wednesdays parliamentary session along with dozens of lawmakers from Mr. Salehs own ruling party. Parliament said more than 160 lawmakers were present on Wednesday.