Death of Dingiri Banda Wijetunga

February 15, 1916 - September 21, 2008
Colombo, Sri Lanka | Age 92

Former Sri Lankan President dies at 92
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Colombo, Sri Lanka - Former Sri Lankan President Dingiri Banda Wijetunga died Sunday in the central town of Kandy from a chest illness, an aide said. He was 92.

Wijetunga became the island's third president after his predecessor, Ranasinghe Premadasa, was assassinated by a Tamil Tiger rebel suicide bomber at a May Day rally in 1993. He held the position for 18 months.

Wijetunga won election to Parliament for the first time in 1965. He later led several key ministries,...

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