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Sirimavo led the SLFP through all weather

Jul 28, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday asserted that Sri Lanka today is a country which protected and accrued on its State assets instead of selling them in line with the policies propagated by the late Sirimavo Bandaranaike who became the Worlds first Woman Prime Minister 50 years back. The President was speaking at the 50th Commemoration of the late Sirimavo Bandaranaike becoming the first female Prime Minister in the World, held at temple trees with the participation of Sri Lanka Freedom Party members and leaders. The President addressing the gathering said that Sirimavo Bandaranaike was a person who had led the country and the Party both in good and bad times with equal commitment and courage. While identifying the SLFP as the strongest political party in the country today the President said that this was due to the leadership given at the beginning by both the late S.W.R.D Bandaranaike and later Sirimavo Bandaranaike among others. While identifying the late Premier as a fearless leader the President said that her economic policy was based on giving pride of place to local industries and protecting and further developing State assets. He noted that several prominent State institutions had come to be during her tenure such as State Banks, Sri Lanka Insurance corporation etc.   www.dailynews.lk/2010/07/29/pol01.asp