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S.W.R.D. BANDARANAIKE COMMEMORATED

The 122nd birth anniversary of the late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, the founder of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and former Prime Minister was commemorated yesterday. The late Prime Minister’s daughter and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, family members, current SLFP leader and former President Maithripala Sirisena MP and other politicians paid floral tributes to the statue of the late Prime Minister at Galle Face. SWRD Bandaranaike was born on January 8, 1899. He was 60 years old on September 26, 1959 when he was shot dead by an assailant. He was the fourth Prime Minister of independent Sri Lanka. He founded the SLFP in 1951, bringing about a revolutionary change in Sri Lankan politics based on the five great forces of monks, doctors, teachers, farmers and workers. Picture by Dushyantha Mayadunne