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Cabinet of ministers - a profile

Ranil Wickremesinghe
MP - Prime Minister, Minister of Policy Development Implementation

A lawyer turned politician having taken up the challenge to contest the Biyagama electorate under the UNP ticket, Wickremesinghe contributed to a landslide victory for the UNP at the 1977 General Elections.

Leader of the Opposition and a former Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe first held the portfolio of Deputy Foreign Minister and subsequently the ministerial portfolios of Youth Affairs, Education and Manpower Mobilisation and National Service in the J.R Jayewardene regime.

A past pupil of Royal College, Colombo, he passed his LL.B at the University of Ceylon, and took a keen interest in student activities. A past President of Law Faculty Students' Union and the Vice President of the Students' Council he passed out as an advocate from the Law College, Colombo in 1972.

He married Maitree, a university lecturer, in early 1995.

Karu Jayasuriya
MP - Minister of Power and Energy

Educated at Ananda College and ICSB in England, Karu Jayasuriya has served as a commissioned officer of the Sri Lanka Army from 1965 to 1972.

He had also been the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Austria and the Swiss Federal Council 1992-94.

In 1997, he was elected Mayor in the Colombo Municipal Council, but resigned to contest the Provincial Council election in 1999 and became the Opposition Leader of the

Western Provincial Council.

He was elected an MP in the previous General Election obtaining highest number of preferential votes in the Gampaha district.

Gamini Atukorale - MP, Minister of Transport, Highways and Aviation Educated at St. Peter's College Colombo he took to politics at the age of 22 and entered the legislature at the age of 26 years.

In March 14, 1991, he was made Minister of Lands, Irrigation and Mahaweli Development. Prior to that he was its Deputy Minister. In 1977, he was Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Employment.

Kairshap Nariman Choksy 
MP, Minister of Finance

Educated at S. Thomas' College Mount Lavinia he was enrolled as an advocate of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1958 and was appointed a President's Counsel in 1981.

In May 1993 he was appointed to the Cabinet of Ministers and held the portfolio of Constitutional and State Affairs. He was chairman Law Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka from 1980-82; member of the Company Law Revision Committee from 1978-81; a Director People's Bank and the Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital.

Tilak Janaka Marapone
MP - Minister of Defence

An old boy of S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia he obtained a Degree in Chemistry and Maths and a Law Degree before joining the Attorney General's Department as a Crown Counsel in 1968. He was appointed President's Counsel in 1998. In 1990 he was appointed Solicitor General and in 1992 he was appointed to the highest position in the Official Bar, as Attorney General.

Following the change of the UNP Government in 1994 he retired from the Attorney General's Post and reverted to the Unofficial Bar.

S.B. Dissanayake
MP - Minister of Agriculture and Livestock

A graduate in Business Administration he started his political journey with the Communist Party of Sri Lanka. He had his education at the Poramadulla Central College. He was the president of the Inter University Students' Federation and Vidyodaya University Students' Union from 1973 to 1977. He joined the SLFP in 1979.

He became the Minister of Youth Affairs, Sports and Rural Development of the PA Government. During the second term of the PA Government he was appointed the Minister of Samurdhi, Youth Affairs, Upcountry Development and Deputy Minister of Finance. In October 2001 he joined the UNP.

Prof. G.L. Peiris
MP - Minister of Enterprise Development, Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion and the Minister of Constitutional Affairs

A past student of S. Thomas' College Mount Lavinia Prof. Peiris passed his Bachelor of Law degree, with first class honours and read for his Doctorate(Sri Lanka) in 1974.He was a lecturer in law at the University of Sri Lanka and became professor of Law in 1979.

A former Vice Chancellor of Colombo University Prof. Peiris was nominated for PA National List and was appointed the Minister of Justice, Constitutional Affairs, Ethnic Affairs and National Integration Minister and Deputy Minister of Finance. He crossed over to the UNP on October 10 soon before the dissolution of the 11th Parliament.

Tyronne Fernando
MP - Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hails from an ancestry which produced Puran Appu, a national hero he was educated at Royal College, Colombo. He earned an M.A. in Political Science at the Oxford University, Barrister-at-Law Gray's Inn, a diploma holder of the London School of Journalism, Attorney-at-Law and a President's Counsel, Son of the late Mr. Shelton C. Fernando.

He was Minister of Information in 1993. In the J.R. Jayewardene regime he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

He worked as a criminal lawyer for 10 years of which 5 years were as a crown counsel and authored several books including The Trial of Pauline de Crusz based on sensational murder of a child.

From 1991 to 1994 he was president of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.

Abdul Rauf Hakeem
MP - Minister of Port Development and Shipping and Minister of Eastern Development and Muslim Religious Affairs

Educated at Royal College, Colombo he took to politics when he was a young law student by taking up the post, as the first Secretary to the Working Committee of the SLMC in the late 1980s on the invitation of its pioneering leader M.H.M. Ashraff. From the Secretary to the Working Committee to Deputy Secretary General SLMC, and then later became the General Secretary SLMC.

He was the Deputy Chairman of Committees under the PA tenure after becoming a PA National List MP in 1994 and held the portfolio of Port Development, Shipping and Rehabilitation. He joined the UNP after President Kumaratunga sacked him from his Cabinet rank.

Saumya Moorthi Arumugam Ramanathan Thondaman
MP - Minister of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure

Grandson of Ceylon Workers' Congress Leader late S. Thondaman his entry to the CWC saw the exit of its General Secretary M.S. Sellasamy and the formation of another plantation union.

He first contested the parliamentary election in 1994 from the UNP ticket and become the Live Stock Development and Rural Industries of the PA Government following the demise of his grandfather S. Thondaman.

Mahinda Wijesekera, MP - Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Resources As a student activist attached to the Communist Party of Sri Lanka he entered Vidyodaya University in 1967 and became the President of the Inter University Joint Students Federation.

In 1971 he was elected President of the Patriotic Students' Front affiliated to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.

During the 1971 insurgency he was taken into police custody in the jungles of Rakwana. He was the 25th accused in the main trial and was a remand prisoner for four years and got himself released by defending himself during Criminal Justice Commission trial.

He joined the Law College in 1976 and passed out as an Attorney-at-Law and joined the SLFP in 1981 and was appointed the organiser for Devinuwara.

Under the first term of the PA he became the Deputy Minister of Port Development and become the Minister of Forestry and Environment.

W.J.M. Lokubandara, MP -Minister of Justice, Law Reform, National Integration and Buddha Sasana

He was first elected to Parliament in 1977 as a member for Haputale seat. He was the Indigenous Medicine Minister in 1982 and launched the popular "kola kenda" project. He was also a Minister of Education, Cultural Affairs and Information in President Premadasa's Cabinet.

John E.A. Amaratunga
MP - Minister of Internal Security

He was the first appointed Member of Parliament introduced with the promulgation of the 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka. He became the MP for Wattala with the demise of former Telecommunication Minister Shelton Jayasinghe.

He was the Minister of State in 1989 and was appointed as the subject Minister of Provincial Councils in 1990 and became the Minister of Home Affairs and Provincial Councils in the 1993 Cabinet retaining the State Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was successful at every election.

Gamini Lokuge
MP - Tourism Minister

Gamini Lokuge entered into active politics through trade union movement and entered Parliament in 1989. He was the State Minister of Tourism in the Ranasinghe Premadasa regime.

Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake
MP - Minister of Women's Affairs

Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake took to active politics to replace her assassinated husband Wimalaratne Bandara. A trained teacher by profession, is an old girl of the Uhumiya Maha Vidyalaya.

She first entered Parliament in 1977 and served as District Minister for Kurunegala. After several Junior Minister posts in 1993 she was appointed Public Administration Minister.

Lakshman Bandara Kiriella
MP- Minister of Plantation Industries

Lawyer by profession he was the Sports Minister of the last government.

He was a member of the Kandy Municipal Council. He was appointed UNP organiser for Gampola electorate.

Alick Aluvihare
MP - Minister of Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government

Stalwart of the UNP is in politics from 1947. At the 1961 by-election he was elected to represent Matale in place of his deceased uncle Bernard Aluvihare.

He was the Mayor of Matale, Deputy Minister of Plantation Industry and was the Minister In Charge of Rehabilitation (1988), Post and Telecommunication (1990) and Ports and Shipping Minister in 1991.

Gamini Jayawickrema Perera
MP -Minister of Irrigation and Water Management

Gamini Jayawickrema Perera was a former Chief Minister of North-Western Province. He won the 1977 election and represented Katugampola and was appointed District Minister.

He was educated at Nalanda College, Colombo and captained the college cricket team in 1960. After leaving school he took to agriculture and had his political debut in the Hamangalla Village Council in 1968.

Ananda Kularatne
MP - Minister of Southern Region Development 

He first entered parliament in 1983 winning the by-election and won the 1989 General Election and was the State Minister for Highways in the President Premadasa Government.

He had his education at Mahinda College and Aquinas College, Borella.

Tissa Attanayake
MP - Minister for Central Region Development

Tissa Attanayake was the Higher Education Minister from August 1993 till the end of the year and later become the Minister in charge of Universities until the General Election in 1994.

Minister Attanayake had his primary education at Uduwawala Vidyalaya and moved on to Sangabodhi Maha Vidyalaya, Minipe, where he entered the Kelaniya University. He earned a commerce special degree. He worked as an Executive Officer of the Fisheries Harbour for some years.

Mohomed Hanifa Mohamed
MP- Minister of Western Region

Development A veteran politician, who entered the Colombo Municipal Council in 1944, was the Mayor of Colombo from 1960-1963, Minister of Labour 1965 and Speaker of the House from 1989-1994.

After having his education at Wesley College, Colombo and took to business dealing with supplies for shipping.

Thereafter, following the footsteps of his grandfather, Abdul Rahaman a member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon and took to local government politics in 1943. In 1960 he was elected Mayor of Colombo and held this post till 1963.

Mr. Mohamed entered national politics in 1965 with his election to the Borella seat and was appointed the Minister of Labour, Employment and Housing in the Dudley Senanayake Government. He lost the seat in 1970 but came back in 1977 as Minister of Transport in the J.R. Jayewardene Government. He was also Minister in charge of Muslim Religious Affairs.

P. Dayaratne
MP-Minister of Health, Nutrition and Welfare

A chartered engineer by profession entered politics in 1970 and contested for Ampara for the UNP. He served in the GalOya Development Board from 1956 to 1967 and then in the Ceylon Electricity Board.

He had his early education at Wetara Maha Vidyalaya, Polgasowita and later at Ananda College, Colombo, then at the Ceylon Technical College. Mr. Dayaratne obtained his MIEE from the Brighton College of Technology, England.

Rukman Senanayake
MP - Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

A grandson of the first Prime Minister of Independent Sri Lanka, D.S. Senanayake, entered politics contesting the Dedigama by-election in 1973 with the demise of the former Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake, one of his uncles.

Then he represented Polonnaruwa district at the 11th Parliament which was dissolved on October 10, this year.

A.R.M.A. Cader
MP - Minister of Co-operatives

A businessman by profession he took to active politics in 1960, he became a member of the Ganga Ihala Village Council in 1965. He was a Provincial Minister in the Central Province and was a member of same prior to enter Parliament.

Minister Cader is an old boy of St. Mary's College, Nawalapitiya.

Bandula Gunawardane
MP - Minister of Rural Economy

Educated at Mawalgama Roman Catholic School, Rajasinghe Madya Maha Vidyalaya Hanwella and Lumbini Vidyalaya, Colombo he was graduated from Jayawardenepura University from Business Administration. An economist, teacher, film producer turned politician he first entered parliament in 1989 from the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna.

He was defeated at the 1994 election and returned to parliament at the 2000 parliament election from the PA.

He is a author of 35 books on Economics and Business Studies.

He was the first PA rebel to sit in the Opposition ranks which paved way for the dissolution of 11th parliament.

MP's List

Colombo District

UNP -12 seats

Ranil Wickremesinghe
Milinda Moragoda
Ravi Karunanayake
Mohamed Maharoof
Dr. Karunasena
Gamini Lokuge
Bandula Gunawardhane
M.H. Mohamed
Mano Ganeshan
Jayantha Ketagoda
Tyronne Fernando
Lilantha Perera

PA - 07 seats

A.H.M. Fowzie
Arjuna Ranatunge
Susil Premajayantha
Dinesh Gunawardhane
Jeevan Kumaratunge
Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra
Chandana Kathriarachchi

JVP -02 seats

Sunil Handunneththi
Wimal Weerawansa

Kalutara District

UNP -05 seats

Mahinda Samarasinghe
Dr. Rajitha Senaratne
Imtiaz Bakeer Markar
Lakshman Wijemanne

PA -04 seats

Ratnasiri Wickremenayake
Kumara Welgama
Tudor Dayaratne
Rohitha Abeygunawardhane

JVP - 01 seat

Nandana Gunathileke

Gampaha District

UNP - 09 seats

Karu Jayasuriya
Dr. Jayalath Jayawardane
Joseph Michael Perera
Olitha Premathiratne
Suranimala Rajapakse
Edward Gunasekera
Sarachchandra Rajakaruna
Ravindra Randeniya

PA - 07 seats

Anura Bandaranaike
Jeyaraj Fernandopulle
Pandu Bandaranayake
Felix Perera
Sarana Gunawardhane
Reggie Ranatunge
Neil Rupasinghe

JVP - 02 seats

Wijitha Herath
Anjan Umma

Kandy District

UNP -07 seats

Keheliya Rambukwella
Tissa Attanayake
A.H.M. Haleem
Lakshman Kiriella
Chitra Manthilake
Lucky Jayawardene

PA - 04 seats

Anuruddha Ratwatte
Dr. Sarath Amunugama
Thilina Bandara Tennakoon
Mahindananda Aluthgamage

JVP - 01 seat

Dimuthu Bandara Abeykoon

Nuwara Eliya District

UNP - 05 seats

Arumagam Thondaman
P. Chandrasekeran
Muttu Sivalingam
Naveen Dissanayake
K.K. Piyadasa

PA - 02 seats

C.B. Ratnayake
D.M.S.K. Dassanayake

Matale District

UNP - 03 seats

Alick Aluvihare
Ranjith Aluvihare
Sanjeewa Kaviratne

PA - 02 seats

Janaka Bandara Tennakoon
Bandula S.B. Yalegama

Matara District

UNP - 04 seats

Mahinda Wijesekera
Lakshaman Yapa Abeywardhane
Justin Galappatti
Sagala Gajendra Ratnayake

PA - 03 seats

Mangala Samaraweera
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardhane
Mallika de Mel

JVP - 01 seat

Jinadasa Kithulegoda
Galle District

UNP - 05 seats

Vajira Abeywardhane
Hemakumara Nanayakkara
Gayantha Karunathileke
Ananda Abeywickrama
Jayantha Jayaweera

PA - 04 seats

Amarasiri Dodangoda
Richard Pathirane
Piyasena Gamage

JVP - 01 seat

Chandrasena Wijesinghe

Hambantota District

UNP - 04 seats

Sajith Premadasa
Dilip Wedaarachchi
Siri Andrahennadi
Ananda Kularatne

PA - 02 seats

Mahinda Rajapakse
Chamal Rajapakse

JVP -01 seat

Nihal Galappatthi

Puttalam District

UNP - 04 seats

Palitha Range Bandara
Neomal Perera
Mary Larine Perera
Sugath Tissera

PA - 03 seats

D.M. Dasanayake
Milroy Fernando
Dayasritha Tissera

Kurunegala District

UNP - 08 seats

Gamini Jayawickrema Perera
Johnston Fernando
Indika Bandaranayake
Rohitha Bogollagama
D.M. Bandaranayake
Upali Piyasoma
Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake
Anura Gopallawa

PA - 06 seats

S.B. Navinna
Salinda Dissnayake
Anura Priyadarshana Yapa
Jayaratne Herath
T.B. Ekanayake
Somakumari Tennakoon

JVP - 01 seat

Bimal Ratnayake

Anuradhapura District

UNP - 04 seats

P. Harrison
Chandrani Bandara
W.B. Ekanayake
Tissa Karaliyadda

JVP - 01 seat

K.D. Lal Kantha

Polonnaruwa District

UNP -03 seats

Earl Gunasekera
H.G.P. Nelson
Sidney Jayaratne

PA - 02 seats

Maithreepala Sirisena
Ananda Sarath Kumara

Badulla District

UNP - 05 seats

W.J.M. Lokubandara
Lakshaman Seneviratne
Ravindra Samaraweera
Upali Samaraweera
K. Velayudan

PA - 03 seats

Nimal Siripala de Silva
S.A.R. Maddumabandara
D.D.W. Wickramaratne

Moneragala District

UNP - 02 seats

Ranjith Maddumabandara
Ananda Kumarasiri

PA - 03 seats

Jagath Pushpakumara
Wijith Wijemuni Zoysa
Sumedha Jayasena

Kegalle District

UNP - 5 seats

Rukman Senanayake
Champika D. Premadasa
Kabeer Hashim
Jayathilake Podinilame
R.A.D. Sirisena

PA - 03 seats

Mahipala Herath
Athauda Seneviratne
Ranjith Siyambalapitiya

JVP -01 seat

Gamini Ratnayake

Ratnapura District

UNP -05 seats

Gamini Athukorale
Susantha Punchinilame
Mahinda Ratnathilake
A.A. Wijetunge

PA - 04 seats

Pavithra Wanniarachchi
Premalal Jayasekera
John Seneviratne
Ashoka Jayawardhane

JVP - 01 seat

Achala Suranga Jagoda

Trincomalee District

UNP -02 seats

Maharoof Mohammed
K.M. Thowfeek

TULF - 01 seat

R. Sampanthan

PA - 01 seat

M.K.A.S. Gunawardena

Batticaloa District

TULF - 03 seats

Thambirasa Thangavadiveli
G. Krishnapillai
Joseph Pararajasingham

SLMC - 01 seat

Mohideen Abdul Cader

PA - 01 seat

M.L.A.M. Hisbullah

Digamadulla District

SLMC - 03 seats

M.H.M. Athaullah
Habeeb MohomedAnwer Ismail
Mohomed Ismail

PA - 02 seats

Ferial Ashraff
A.K. Thewarapperuma

UNP - 01 seat

P. Dayaratne

TULF - 01 seat


Jaffna District

TULF - 06 seats

V. Anandasangaree
S.M. Senathiraja
G. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam
A. Vinayamoorthy
Nadarajah Raviraj
M.K. Sivalingam

EPDP - 02 seats

Douglas Devananda
N. Mathanarasa

UNP - 01 seat

T. Maheshwaran

Vanni District

TULF - 03 seats

Selvan Adikkalanathan
Raja KuganeswaranNadesan
Sivashakthi Anandan

UNP - 02 seats

Noordeen Mashoor
Abdul Risath Bathiutheen

DPLF - 01 seat

Thurailingam Siththarthan

National List MPs

UNP - 13 seats

K.N. Choksy
Thilak Marapone
G.L. Peiris
S.B. Dissanayake
A.R.M.A. Cadar
A.H.M. Azwer
Jayasundera Wijekoon
Bazeer Segu Dawood
A.L.M. Hajran
M.S. Thawfeeque
R. Yogarajan
P.P. Rathakrishnan
M.M.M. Musthapa

PA - 11 seats

D.M. Jayaratne
Lakshman Kadirgamar
Ronnie de Mel
M.H. Segu Izzadeen
S. Sathasivam
Raja Collure
Dilan Perera
Vadivel Puthrasigamanee
Athula Nimalasiri Jayasinghe
Ajantha de Soyza

JVP - 3 seats

Anura Dissanayake
Ramalingam Chandrashekar
S.K. Subasinghe

SLMC - 1 seat

A.A.M. Bawa

TULF - 1 seat

Murugesu Sivasithambaram



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