Prime Minister retires

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 August 2000, 06:42 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranaike,84, retired from office Thursday. Minister for Public Administration, Home Affairs and Plantation Industries Ratnasiri Wickramanayake has been appointed by the President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge as the new Prime Minister.

sirima_bandaranaike.jpgMr.Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, 67,was sworn in as the new Prime Minister before the President at Temple Trees. He is the most senior minister in the People's Alliance (PA) Cabinet. A lawyer by profession, Mr. Wickremanayake entered politics in 1959. He was elected as an independent MP for Horrane electorate in 1960 elections. He has also held the position of General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent of the ruling PA.

Mrs Sirima Bandaranaike became the world's first female head of a government when she was elected as the Prime Minister in July 1960, three years after the assassination of her husband and then Prime Minister, S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike. She served also as the Prime Minister between 1970 and 1977.

srimavo_chandrike.gifMrs. Bandaranaike was again made Prime Minister by her daughter, President Chandrika Kumaratunge in 1994.

Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaike's retires about two weeks ahead of the expiration of the parliament's 6-year period on 24 August.

 

Latest 15 Reports
15.12.18 13:16  
Sinhala officials intimidate Tamil, Muslim land-owners at Kuchchave'li in Trincomalee
14.12.18 22:09  
SL military threatens to re-introduce discriminatory pass system in Batticaloa North
13.12.18 22:42  
Ex-Land Commissioner observes systematic ethnic discrimination in issuing land documents in East
12.12.18 21:45   Photo
SL military erects giant Buddha statue at controversial heritage site in Mullaiththeevu
11.12.18 22:31  
SL military wants Cooray to liaise with Tamil diaspora industrialists from islets off Jaffna
10.12.18 23:08   Photo
HR Day protests in North-East met with violence, SL Police displays hostility
09.12.18 23:16   Photo
Monks incite SL paramilitary to Sinhalicise Tamil heritage site in Trincomalee North
08.12.18 22:19   Photo
Occupying Colombo reintroduces war-time harassments in North-East
07.12.18 19:26   Photo
Washington set to downgrade ‘human rights politics’ to association level in Indo-Pacific
06.12.18 23:31   Photo
Skeletal remains with shackled legs exhumed in Mannaar mass grave
05.12.18 23:16  
Colombo withdrew Wigneswaran's security after his Remembrance Day statement
04.12.18 23:21   Photo
USA wants India and Japan to look after smaller states in IOR, Modi says ‘Jai’
03.12.18 19:03  
SL State becomes prime reference for ‘debt trap diplomacy’ of China in US rhetorics
02.12.18 14:45   Photo
USA, China agree on 90-day ceasefire on trade war, India to reaffirm US defence ties
01.12.18 14:17  
Occupying Colombo intentionally targets ex-LTTE members for murder of SL policemen
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=5285