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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 9.51 GMT
Sri Lanka celebrates 41st Republic Day


Today Sri Lanka celebrates the 41st anniversary of being a republic.

Sri Lanka was declared as a republic on 22nd May 1972 by the former Prime Minister Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, when a new Constitution entitled the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was also proclaimed.

Sri Lanka was under British rule from 1818 and received Dominion Status from the British in 1948. However, this was not total independence, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga said addressing a gathering at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo to mark the anniversary.

On May 22, 1972, with the adoption of a new constitution that ended 'Dominion Status', the country became a republic, simultaneously replacing the country's ancient name of Ceylon with Sri Lanka.

"The Republican Constitution proclaimed in May 1972 made Sri Lanka an independent and sovereign nation. Accordingly Sri Lanka got its own Head of State and an elected parliament the National State Assembly - from 22 May 1972," the Secretary added.

We must enlighten our younger generation about our history. They must be aware of the pressure on the sovereignty of the country, he said adding that the reason for this undue pressure is the aversion by certain powerful countries to see us as a nation with a unique identity.

Sri Lanka is geographically situated in strategically important location in the world with vast economic potential. Anyone would be pleased to dominate a country like ours, the Secretary further added.





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