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 Ratnasiri Wickremanayake

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Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Famous memorial

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27 Dec 2016 (aged 83)
Colombo, Western, Sri Lanka
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Sri Lankan Prime Minister. He served as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for two different tenures (2000-2001, 2005-2010). He was educated to be a Barrister of Law, but turned to politics instead. He entered politics in 1960, winning the Horana seat in the national legislature in the March general election as a member of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna. In 1962 he joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and was re-elected in 1965 to the legislature as a member of the party. In 1970, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and later went on to serve as both Minister of Plantation Industries and Minister of Justice. He lost his legislative seat in 1977, but a year later, became General Secretary of the SLFP. In the 1994 general election, he won the Kalutara District seat and was appointed the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Plantation Industries and the Leader of the House in President Chandrika Kumaranatunge's Cabinet. He became prime minister in August of 2000 after the resignation of Sirimavo Bandaranaike and headed a minority SLFP government until December of 2001 when he stepped down. He became prime minister for a second time in 2005 and served until 2010. He retired from national politics soon after stepping down.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister. He served as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for two different tenures (2000-2001, 2005-2010). He was educated to be a Barrister of Law, but turned to politics instead. He entered politics in 1960, winning the Horana seat in the national legislature in the March general election as a member of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna. In 1962 he joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and was re-elected in 1965 to the legislature as a member of the party. In 1970, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and later went on to serve as both Minister of Plantation Industries and Minister of Justice. He lost his legislative seat in 1977, but a year later, became General Secretary of the SLFP. In the 1994 general election, he won the Kalutara District seat and was appointed the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Plantation Industries and the Leader of the House in President Chandrika Kumaranatunge's Cabinet. He became prime minister in August of 2000 after the resignation of Sirimavo Bandaranaike and headed a minority SLFP government until December of 2001 when he stepped down. He became prime minister for a second time in 2005 and served until 2010. He retired from national politics soon after stepping down.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye

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