Dominion of Sinhalese Ceylon




Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte

Head of State

His Imperial Majesty, King-Emperor Edward VIII of Great Britain (from 1952)

Ruling Party

Sinhalese National Party (from 1958)

Head of Government

Sir Solomon Dias Abeywickrema Jayatilleke Rajakumaruna Bandaranaike (1882-1946), Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (1946-1958), Felix Reginald Dias Bandaranaike II (from 1958)


Dominion status granted 1958, a year after the rest of the British Raj. Power handed to the Buddhist and Christian Sinhalese elite, represented by the powerful Bandaranaike family.

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