Chandrika Kumaratunga

Chandrika Kumaratunga

President of Sri Lanka

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga born June 29, 1945) was the 5th President of Sri Lanka, serving from November 12, 1994 to November 19, 2005. The daughter of two former Prime Ministers, she was also the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party until end of 2005. She is Sri Lanka's only female president to date.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born on June 29, 1945.


1959 14 Years Old He was assassinated in 1959, when Chandrika was fourteen.
1960 15 Years Old Chandrika's mother, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, then became the world's first female prime minister in 1960 and her brother Anura Bandaranaike was a former Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a former minister. … Read More


1965 20 Years Old She was educated at the St Bridget's Convent, Colombo and in 1965 she entered the Aquinas University College and gained a scholarship to the University of Paris in 1967, where she spent five years, graduating from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Science Po) in political science. … Read More
1968 23 Years Old During her days in France, she was active in the Student Revolution of 1968. … Read More
1972 27 Years Old Following the land reform in Sri Lanka from 1972–1976, she was additional principal director of the Land Reform Commission.


1976 31 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1976–1977, she was chairman of the Janawasa Commission, which established collective farms.
1978 33 Years Old Chandrika married movie star and politician Vijaya Kumaratunga in 1978. Vijaya Kumaratunga was assassinated on 16 February 1988, outside his residence in the presence of Chandrika and their two children then aged 5 years and 7 years. … Read More


1991 46 Years Old She stayed in active politics supporting her husband's party Sri Lanka Mahajana Party by leaving the SLFP. After Vijaya Kumaratunga was assassinated, she left the country for the United Kingdom, working for World Institute for Development Economics Research at the United Nations University during her time there, not returning till 1991.
1993 48 Years Old Kumaratunga was elected as the chief minister of the Western Province of Sri Lanka in 1993 in a landslide election victory. Kumaratunga herself was elected Prime Minister of a People's Alliance (PA) government on 19 August 1994 and President in the presidential election held shortly thereafter in November. … Read More


1999 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 1999 Kumaratunga called an early presidential election.
2001 56 Years Old In December 2001 she suffered a setback in the parliamentary election. … Read More
2003 58 Years Old In May 2003 she indicated her willingness to sack the prime minister and government if she felt they were making too many concessions to the rebels. … Read More


2005 60 Years Old However, in June 2005, the JVP left her government over a disagreement regarding a joint mechanism with LTTE rebels to share foreign aid to rebuild the tsunami-devastated Northern and Eastern areas of Sri Lanka. … Read More
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