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Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passes away

Dec 27, 2016 15:10 IST

Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, passed away on 27 December 2016 in Colombo. He was 83.

Wickremanayake served as the Prime Minister in the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government in the year 2005.

Wickremanayake earlier held the position of Prime Minister from August 2000 to December 2001, succeeding the then Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

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About Ratnasiri Wickremanayake

  • Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was a National List member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  • He entered politics in the year 1960 by winning the Horana seat in the March General Election as a member of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP).
  • He was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice in 1970.
  • He served as the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in 1977.
  • He won the Kalutara District seat in the 1994 General Election. He was then appointed as the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Plantation Industries and the Leader of the House in President Chandrika Kumaranatunge’s Cabinet.

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