Former Sri Lanka Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, stripped of her civic rights and expelled from Parliament, will not be able to address election meetings under a new law approved by Parliament on Friday (17 October).
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Background: Former Sri Lanka Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, stripped of her civic rights and expelled from Parliament, will not be able to address election meetings under a new law approved by Parliament on Friday (17 October). The new law also prevents her from canvassing votes at any parliamentary or local government election.
SYNOPSIS: The previous day (16 October) there was strict security in Colombo as the Sri Lankan Parliament voted to Introduce sanctions baring Mrs. Bandaranaike from running for public office for seven years. The action followed an investigation by a presidential commission investigating misuse of power during her government. Troops and armoured vehicles took up positions at key installations around Colombo. This followed Government charges that Mrs. Bandaranaike's supporters might try to prevent parliamentarians from attending the sanctions vote.
The Government had said that at one stage the Freedom Party supporters had urged their followers to kill the Prime Minister and the president. Outside the capital, party supporters were being blamed for a number of derailments and burned buses. But the troops that massed in Colombo had little to do. Mrs. Bandaranaike told her supporters not to come to Colombo and there was no violence. The world's first woman Prime Minister was elected in 1960 and served two terms between then and 1977.