Bandaranaike, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias

Bandaranaike, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias,

1899–1959, prime minister (1956–59) of Ceylon (later Sri Lanka); husband of Sirimavo BandaranaikeBandaranaike, Sirimavo
, 1916–2000, Sri Lankan political leader, b. Sirimavo Ratwatte. She and her husband, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, converted to Buddhism from Christianity before he became prime minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1956.
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. A lawyer educated in England, he entered politics and rose to hold a cabinet position. He resigned, however, in 1951 to form what became the Sri Lanka Freedom party. In 1956 he organized a leftist coalition that came to power with the 1956 elections. As prime minister, he took a neutralist stance in foreign affairs; domestically, he was faced by economic problems and disputes over languages. He was assassinated by a dissident Buddhist monk.