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October 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who 40 years ago became the world's first female prime minister, died of a heart attack Tuesday after voting in Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections. She was 84. Bandaranaike, the mother of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, voted in her hometown of Attanagalla and suffered a heart attack in her car on the way home, said government spokeswoman Kusum Rodrigo. She was pronounced dead after being taken to a nursing home.
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October 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first female prime minister and the matriarch of Sri Lankan politics, was remembered at a state funeral Saturday with fondness and respect. Hundreds of mourners stood under the blazing afternoon sun to catch a glimpse of her flower-covered casket as it was carried through the streets in a military procession. The coffin was lowered into the ground after a 19-gun salute.
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August 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first woman prime minister, retired Thursday at 84, letting her daughter, the president, appoint a hard-line prime minister in the fight against Tamil separatists. "I believe it is time for me to quietly withdraw from the humdrum of busy political life to a more tranquil and quiet environment," Bandaranaike said in a letter, ending four decades of political life.
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October 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who 40 years ago became the world's first female prime minister, died of a heart attack Tuesday after voting in Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections. She was 84. Bandaranaike, the mother of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, voted in her hometown of Attanagalla and suffered a heart attack in her car on the way home, said government spokeswoman Kusum Rodrigo. She was pronounced dead after being taken to a nursing home.
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October 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first female prime minister and the matriarch of Sri Lankan politics, was remembered at a state funeral Saturday with fondness and respect. Hundreds of mourners stood under the blazing afternoon sun to catch a glimpse of her flower-covered casket as it was carried through the streets in a military procession. The coffin was lowered into the ground after a 19-gun salute.
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December 22, 1988
The main opposition candidate for president in Sri Lanka, vowing to challenge the election results, said she lost because of widespread fraud by the governing party. Former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike lost in Monday's balloting to Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa by 50.9% to 44.9%, according to government election results. She accused her opponents of taking ballot boxes to police stations instead of official counting centers and stuffing them with ballots.
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February 16, 1989 | From Times wire services
President Ranasinghe Premadasa's United National Party retained its 11-year lock on power today, winning an absolute majority in parliamentary polls marred by more than 1,300 deaths in campaign and election-day violence.
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October 11, 2000 | From Reuters
Early results today showed war-torn Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance widening its lead in acrimonious general elections that were reportedly marred by killings, bombing and fraud. The election is seen as a key test of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's plan to end the country's 17-year ethnic war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in which more than 61,000 people have died.
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February 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Ranasinghe Premadasa's United National Party won a decisive majority in Parliament after an election campaign in which more than 1,000 people were killed, according to results announced Thursday. "The people have exercised their vote in the face of great adversity. The people have totally rejected the path of violence," the president said after the results of Wednesday's vote were announced.
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February 27, 1987 | From Reuters
The country's main opposition party Thursday rejected the latest proposals for a negotiated settlement of Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict, which has killed more than 5,000 people in the last four years. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party, which mainly represents the majority Sinhalese community, said it was shocked by the proposals that emerged from discussions between President Junius R. Jayewardene and two Indian ministers Dec. 19. The proposals were made public by Jayewardene in a Feb. 19 speech.
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August 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first woman prime minister, retired Thursday at 84, letting her daughter, the president, appoint a hard-line prime minister in the fight against Tamil separatists. "I believe it is time for me to quietly withdraw from the humdrum of busy political life to a more tranquil and quiet environment," Bandaranaike said in a letter, ending four decades of political life.
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January 5, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A suspected separatist Tamil rebel detonated powerful explosives strapped to her body near the prime minister's office today, killing herself and 10 others, police said. Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike was not in the building in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, at the time of the explosion. Police stopped the bomber near the office building. "Our people found her movement suspicious, and they tried to check her when she exploded herself," a police official said.
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January 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
Police detained more than 1,500 Tamils on Friday after raids on suspected guerrilla hide-outs and arrested two Tamil rebels who officials said were planning attacks in a town with an important Buddhist temple. At least 329 Tamils were released after police questioned, photographed and fingerprinted them, senior police and army officers said. The rest were still being questioned. Police said some of those detained might be suicide bombers.
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