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Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
1960-1965 * 1970-1977 * 1994-2000
Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike
• Born : 17th April, 1916 • Died : 10th October, 2000
  • Became the world's first woman Prime Minister in 1960 and remained in office till 1965.
  • Returned to serve as Prime Minister for two more terms 1970-1977 and 1994-2000.
  • Emphasized Buddhist and Sinhalese Nationalist Policies.
  • Promoted a new constitution (1972) that proclaimed a republic and changed the country's name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka.
  • Was expelled from Parliament in 1980 because of abuses as Prime Minister.
  • Was appointed as Prime Minister by her daughter
  • Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1994 and held this post till 2000 when she resigned from the post due to her ill health

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