|Sri Lanka: D.B. Wijetunga no more|
|Monday, 22 September 2008|
Former President, Dingiri Banda Wijetunga passed away today (21st September) at the age of 92. President Wijetunga, a minister in the cabinet of J.R. Jayewardena, was hand picked by Ranasinghe Premadasa to be the Prime Minister after he, Premadasa, won the Presidential Election in 1988 and was elected as President by Parliament when President Premadasa was assassinated on May 1, 1993. Wijetunga was widely recognised as a nationalist and a gentleman who was never aspired for high office but on whom these responsibilities were thrust on account of unforeseen events.
The relatively peaceful transfer of power to the People's Alliance after the United National Party lost the General Election of August 17, 1994 is attributed to his gentlemanly approach to politics. In what is indicative of the stark contrast embodied by Wijetunga compared with the general political culture of the time, President Wijetunga earned the tag 'Ahinsaka Dingiri Banda Janadhipathi Thuma' (The Innocent President Dingiri Banda).
Equally at home with the highest in the land and the common man, D.B. Wijetunga, chose not to contest the Presidential Election in 1994. He retired to his native Pilimatalawa soon after and led a peaceful life, distanced from the rough and tumble of national politics.
Great Memories of a National Leader
Mr. D.B.Wijetunga sworn in as the first provincial governor of Sri Lanka on 30th April 1988. (From right to left) former President J.R. Jayawardana, former Ministers Rupa Karunathilake , P.C.Imbulana and Governor D.B. Wijethunga.
Mr. D.B. Wijetunga sworn in as the Prime Minister of President Premada’s Government 1989 – 1993.
Sri Lanka’s President, H.E.Mahinda Rajapaksa visits Mr. D.B.Wijetunga at his residence.
Mr. D.B. Wijetunga with former President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaranathunga (1994-2005).
(From right to left) Mr. D.B. Wijetunga, Mrs. Wijetunga and their Daughter.
Mr. D.B. Wijetunga with late Mr. Gamini Dissanayake
Mr. D.B. Wijetunga with opposition leader, Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe
Mr. D.B. Wijetunga with former President, Ranasinghe Premadasa (1989-1993) at the National New Year Festival.
Mr. D.B. Wijetunga with former President, J.R. Jayawardana (1978 – 1988).
The Cabinet of the former President, D.B. Wijetunga with
Prime Minister Chandrika Kumaranathunga (August 19, 1994 - November 14, 1994).
(Courtesy : Department of Information and Divaina News)
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