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|Prime Minister of Ceylone|
26 September 1959 – 20 March 1960
|Preceded by||Solomon Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike|
|Succeeded by||Dudley Senanayake|
|Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
20 December 1979 – 20 December 1988
|Preceded by||Albert de Silva|
|Succeeded by||Constituency Abolished|
5 August 1960 – 18 May 1977
|Preceded by||W. D. S. Abeygoonawardena|
|Succeeded by||Albert de Silva|
14 October 1947 – 5 December 1959
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Succeeded by||W. D. S. Abeygoonawardena|
22 October 1901|
Galle, Sri Lanka
|Died||4 May 1997
Galle, Sri Lanka
|Political party||Lanka Equal Society Party
Ceylon Democratic Party
United National Party
|Alma mater||Richmond College, Galle|
Wijeyananda Dahanayake (Sinhalese: විජයානන්ද දහනායක Tamil: விஜயானந்த தகநாயக்கா; 22 October 1901 – 4 May 1997) was a Sri Lankan political figure. He was the Prime Minister of Ceylon from 1959 to 1960.
Dahanayaka was a member of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party before joining the administration of S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, prime minister and leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He served as cabinet minister of education in the Bandaranaike Administration, from 1956 to 1959.
Prime Minister of Ceylon
He took office as prime minister, cabinet minister of defense external affairs and education when Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike was assassinated in September 1959. He led the caretaker government for a year. His most notable action was the repeal of the Act which suspended capital punishment.
Dahanayaka contested the March 1960 General Election in Ceylon under the nomination of his newly formed Lanka Prajathanthravadi Pakshaya (Ceylon Democratic Party). He could not be re-elected as an MP, as he had lost his Galle constituency in that election.
Dahanayake crossed over to the United National Party in 1965 and served as a cabinet minister of home affairs in Dudley Senanayake's government from 1965 to 1970 and cabinet minister of cooperatives in Junius Richard Jayawardene's government from 1986 to 1988.
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S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
|Prime Minister of Ceylon