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World’s First Female PM Dies

October 10, 2000

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world’s first female prime minister, died of a heart attack Tuesday after voting in parliamentary elections, a government spokeswoman said.

Bandaranaije had retired at the age of 84 last month to let her daughter, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, appoint a hard-liner in the fight against Tamil separatists ahead of the elections.

Bandaranaike had gone to Gampaha, her home town, 22 miles east of Colombo to cast her vote. She died on the way home, spokeswoman Kusum Rodrigo said.

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