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Y. Ghai, 'The Westminster Model in the South Pacific: the Case of Western Samoa', Public Law, winter 1986, pp. 597-621. Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Backgrounder, September 1984, pp. 2-3. See Tun Datu Haji Mustapha bin Datu Harun v. Tun Datuk Haji Mohammad Adnan Robert and Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Malayasia High Court in Borneo, Suit K467 of 1985; Far Eastern Economic Review, 24 April 1986. The Sunday Times, 27 July 1986. See many an Indian newspaper from March 1987 onwards. An extensive list of episodes is provided in the Appendix to this volume.

Second, the voices that have complained most bitterly about the flouting of democratic norms are Sri Lankan. 5 Finally- to come directly to the subject of this chapter- the first major violation of the conventions of Westminster to occur in the island was the work of an Englishman, none other than its second GovernorGeneral, Lord Soulbury. 6 After a distinguished career at Oxford and in the First World War, Herwald Ramsbotham (as Lord Soul bury was then known) was elected a Conservative Member of Parliament for Lancaster at the third attempt in 1929.

63. J. F. Rees, 'The Soulbury Commission', Ceylon Historical Journal (19556) pp. 23-48. The most authoritative accounts of the transition to independence are by K. M. de Silva in his A History of Sri Lanka (Delhi, 1982) chs 31 and 32, and in his 'The History and Politics of the Transfer of Power' in K. M. ) The University of Ceylon History of Ceylon, III (Peradeniya, 1973) pp. 489-533. My point on the transactional character of the transfer of power is reinforced by the fact that it was written into the Constitution that the Prime Minister (who for some years was going to be D.

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