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    CEYLON'S FORMER AMBASSADOR IN WASHINGTON, 64-YEAR OLD MR.WILLIAM GOPALLAWA, WAS SWORN-IN AS HIS COUNTRY'S GOVERNOR-GENERAL?

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    CEYLON'S FORMER AMBASSADOR IN WASHINGTON, 64-YEAR OLD MR.WILLIAM GOPALLAWA, WAS SWORN-IN AS HIS COUNTRY'S GOVERNOR-GENERAL IN A PRIVATE CEREMONY AT QUEEN'S HOUSE, COLOMBO, ON MARCH 2ND. MR.GOPALLAWA, CEYLON'S FOURTH GOVERNOR-GENERAL SINCE INDEPENDENCE, AND THE FIRST BUDDHIST TO HOLD THE POST, OFFERED A TRAY OF JASMINE TO A STATUE OF BUDDHA WHICH HAD BEEN INSTALLED IN QUEEN'S HOUSE THE DAY BEFORE.

    MR. GOPALLAWA ARRIVED FOR THE CEREMONY PRECEDED BY A MOTORCYCLE ESCORT, WHILE AT THE SENATE HOUSE A 21-GUN SALUTE WAS FIRED. UNLIKE HIS PREDECESSORS, WHO WORE UNIFORM FOR THE OCCASION, MR. GOPALLAWA WORE THE NATIONAL DRESS OF LONG WHITE FLOWING SHIRT AND WHITE CLOTH AROUND THE WAIST.

    THE NEW GOVERNOR-GENERAL AND HIS WIFE SENT THE GREATER PART OF THE DAY AT KANDY, WHERE THEY MADE OBEISANCE AT THE TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH. MR. GOPALLAWA WAS RECEIVED AT THE TEMPLE BY THE CHIEF PRIEST AND LATER HE AGAIN OFFERED JASMINE FLOWERS AT THE SHRINE VISITING ANOTHER TEMPLE.

    MR. GOPALLAWA SUCCEEDED 69-YEAR OLD SIR OLIVER GOONETILLEKE, WHO RESIGNED HIS POST ON FEBRUARY 26TH. ELEVEN DAYS EARLIER THE CEYLON GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THAT SIR OLIVER MIGHT HAVE TO BE INTERROGATED IN CONNECTION WITH INVESTIGATIONS INTO AN ATTEMPTED COUP ON JANUARY 27. THE NAME OF SIR OLIVER, KNIGHTED IN 1944 FOR HIS WARTIME SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE CEYLON WAR COUNCIL AND AS A CIVIL DEFENCE AND FOOD COMMISSIONER, WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN MENTIONED DURING THE INVESTIGATIONS. SIR OLIVER HAD "VOLUNTEERED TO SUBMIT HIMSELF" TO INTERROGATION AND INVESTIGATION LIKE ANY OTHER CITIZEN", THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED. THE FINANCE MINISTER, MR. FELIX DIAS BANDARANAIKE SAID THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT ALLEGE THAT SIR OLIVER, WHO HAD BEEN GOVERNOR-GENERAL SINCE 1954, WAS GUILTY OF ANYTHING. HIS NAME HAD BEEN USED TO GET SUPPORT FOR THE COUP IN THE SAME WAY AS THE NAMES OF TWO FORMER PRIME MINISTERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAECFIBT0XGLLO82BYJER52CIZK
    Media URN:
    VLVAECFIBT0XGLLO82BYJER52CIZK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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