Karu Jayasuriya

The Honourable
Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya
GCRS MP
දේශබන්දු කරූ ජයසූරිය
தேசபந்தி கரு ஜயசூரிய
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20th Speaker of the Parliament
Assumed office
1 September 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Deputy Thilanga Sumathipala
Preceded by Chamal Rajapaksa
Minister of Buddha Sasana
In office
12 January 2015 – 17 August 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by D. M. Jayaratne
Minister of Public Administration, Democratic Rule
In office
12 January 2015 – 17 August 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by D. M. Jayaratne
Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs
In office
2007–2008
Minister of Power and Energy
In office
12 December 2001 – 6 April 2004
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Member of Parliament
for National List
Assumed office
2015
Member of Parliament
for Gampaha District
In office
2000–2015
Mayor of Colombo
In office
1997–1999
Personal details
Born (1940-09-29) 29 September 1940 (age 77)
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Alma mater Ananda College, Colombo
Occupation Politics, Diplomat
Profession Businessman
Website Official website
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Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya (Sinhalese: කරු ජයසුරිය; born 29 September 1940) is a Sri Lankan politician who has been Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka since 2015.[1] Previously he was Mayor of Colombo from 1997 to 1999, Minister of Power and Energy from 2001 to 2004, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs from 2007 to 2008, and Minister of Buddha Sasana, Public Administration, and Democratic Governance in 2015. He served as Chairman of the Leadership Council[2] of the United National Party (UNP), as well as Deputy Leader of the UNP.[3] He is a Member of Parliament representing the Gampaha District. He received his early education at Ananda College, Colombo. Under President Ranasinghe Premadasa's government, Karu Jayasuriya was appointed as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Germany. As Speaker of Parliament, he also acts as Chairman of the Constitutional Council.

  1. ^ "Karu elected as new Speaker". Adaderana. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  2. ^ I did not betray the party members: Karu, Daily Mirror, Retrieved on 6th November 2013.
  3. ^ Karu UNP deputy leader BBC News, Retrieved on 8 December 2008.

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