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Published:  12:52 AM, 17 April 2018

Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Sirima Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike,commonly known as Sirimavo Bandaranaike, was a Sri Lankan states woman who was the modern world's first female head of government. She served as Prime Minister of Ceylon and Sri Lanka three times, 1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994 - 2000, and was a long-time leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Sirima Ratwatte was born on 17 April 1916 at the Ellawala Walawwa in Ratnapura.

Her father was Barnes Ratwatte, later Dissawaof Sabaragamuwa, member of the State Council and the Senate of Ceylon; was a member of the Ratwatte family, which was an old Radala family hailing from the Kingdom of Kandy. She was wife of Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike , the fourth Prime Minister of Ceylon (later Sri Lanka) and founder of the left wing and Sinhala nationalist Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

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