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December 21, 1988
Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa was declared the winner of Sri Lanka's presidential election, and he appealed for an end to the ethnic violence that has crippled the Indian Ocean island nation. Premadasa's victory with slightly more than half of the votes ended a campaign marked by hundreds of slayings, which the government blames on the People's Liberation Front, a Sinhalese extremist group that opposed the election.
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May 3, 1993 | From Associated Press
A cyanide capsule found on a suicide bomber's body and other clues point toward Tamil rebels in the assassination of President Ranasinghe Premadasa, police said Sunday as huge crowds gathered to pay last respects. Tamil rebels have waged a 10-year secessionist war that has claimed thousands of lives, including several prominent figures killed in suicide bombings.
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May 3, 1993 | From Associated Press
A cyanide capsule found on a suicide bomber's body and other clues point toward Tamil rebels in the assassination of President Ranasinghe Premadasa, police said Sunday as huge crowds gathered to pay last respects. Tamil rebels have waged a 10-year secessionist war that has claimed thousands of lives, including several prominent figures killed in suicide bombings.
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May 2, 1993 | From Reuters
President Ranasinghe Premadasa was assassinated Saturday by a suicide bomber on a bicycle at a May Day rally, bringing a violent end to the career of a man who sought peace for Sri Lanka. At least 14 other people, including the police commissioner, were killed in the huge explosion in the center of Colombo, police said. Prime Minister Dingiri Wijetunge was appointed acting president, and a curfew was imposed across this island nation off the southern tip of India.
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May 2, 1993 | From Reuters
President Ranasinghe Premadasa was assassinated Saturday by a suicide bomber on a bicycle at a May Day rally, bringing a violent end to the career of a man who sought peace for Sri Lanka. At least 14 other people, including the police commissioner, were killed in the huge explosion in the center of Colombo, police said. Prime Minister Dingiri Wijetunge was appointed acting president, and a curfew was imposed across this island nation off the southern tip of India.
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January 3, 1989 | Associated Press
Ranasinghe Premadasa was sworn in as president of Sri Lanka on Monday in a Buddhist ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth, and he again appealed for an end to the ethnic violence that has devastated the island nation. "Further delay in finding a solution will enable certain elements to destroy many more innocent lives. This destruction must end because democracy cannot tolerate it," Premadasa said in his inaugural address.
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January 26, 1992 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a handful of dissidents in the Cabinet of Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa filed unprecedented impeachment proceedings against him late last year, they accused him of 15 specific violations of the nation's constitution. The impeachment charges were part of a generally unremarkable legal document.
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July 27, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
The gruesome remains smoldered outside the tea shop for more than 12 hours before finally being removed by police. It was the body of a young man with a gasoline-soaked truck tire bound to his chest and set ablaze. The flaming body was dumped along Sri Lanka's main coastal road for all to see, as a message from the nation's security forces, the old man who runs the tea shop explained, adding that to give his name would be to risk his life. The message: Don't fight us, or you will be next.
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May 29, 1992 | Associated Press
Soldiers killed 28 Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday, a day before President Ranasinghe Premadasa was scheduled to visit the region, a military spokesman reported.
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March 4, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
President Ranasinghe Premadasa on Friday appointed Finance Minister Dingiri Wijetunge as Sri Lanka's new prime minister, ending weeks of maneuvering within the ruling United National Party for the post. As prime minister, Wijetunge will be Premadasa's main representative in Parliament and the head of the ruling party legislative delegation, which won 125 of 225 seats in Feb. 15 general elections. He will retain the finance portfolio.
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January 26, 1992 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a handful of dissidents in the Cabinet of Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa filed unprecedented impeachment proceedings against him late last year, they accused him of 15 specific violations of the nation's constitution. The impeachment charges were part of a generally unremarkable legal document.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
The gruesome remains smoldered outside the tea shop for more than 12 hours before finally being removed by police. It was the body of a young man with a gasoline-soaked truck tire bound to his chest and set ablaze. The flaming body was dumped along Sri Lanka's main coastal road for all to see, as a message from the nation's security forces, the old man who runs the tea shop explained, adding that to give his name would be to risk his life. The message: Don't fight us, or you will be next.
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January 3, 1989 | Associated Press
Ranasinghe Premadasa was sworn in as president of Sri Lanka on Monday in a Buddhist ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth, and he again appealed for an end to the ethnic violence that has devastated the island nation. "Further delay in finding a solution will enable certain elements to destroy many more innocent lives. This destruction must end because democracy cannot tolerate it," Premadasa said in his inaugural address.
NEWS
December 21, 1988
Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa was declared the winner of Sri Lanka's presidential election, and he appealed for an end to the ethnic violence that has crippled the Indian Ocean island nation. Premadasa's victory with slightly more than half of the votes ended a campaign marked by hundreds of slayings, which the government blames on the People's Liberation Front, a Sinhalese extremist group that opposed the election.
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May 8, 1993 | Associated Press
Parliament elected a top ally of slain President Ranasinghe Premadasa to succeed him Friday, and the new leader promised to continue opening the economy, helping the poor and negotiating with separatist rebels. Prime Minister Dingiri Wijetunge, who held the country's No. 2 position, moved up to president when no opponents were nominated. Moments after he was sworn in, Wijetunge appointed Ranil Wickremasinghe, 44, another Premadasa loyalist, as prime minister.
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