Senanayake, Don Stephen

Senanayake, Don Stephen

Senanayake, Don Stephen, 1884-1952, prime minister (1947-52) of Ceylon (later Sri Lanka). He entered politics in 1922 and became a prominent leader before independence from Great Britain (1948), serving as minister of agriculture and lands (1931-47) and as leader of the council of state (1942-47). He was succeeded as prime minister by his son Dudley Senanayake, 1911-73, who had followed his father as minister of agriculture and lands (1947-52). Dudley Senanayake served three times as a right-of-center prime minister (1952-53, 1960, 1965-70) and led the opposition United National party in 1960-65.
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