Ranil Wickremesinghe

The Honourable
Ranil Wickremesinghe
MP
රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ
ரணில் விக்ரமசிங்க
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10th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Assumed office
9 January 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Preceded by D. M. Jayaratne
In office
9 December 2001 – 6 April 2004
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Preceded by Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Succeeded by Mahinda Rajapaksa
In office
7 May 1993 – 18 August 1994
President D.B. Wijetunga
Preceded by D.B. Wijetunga
Succeeded by Chandrika Kumaratunga
Leader of the Opposition
In office
22 April 2004 – 9 January 2015
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
D. M. Jayaratne
Preceded by Mahinda Rajapaksa
Succeeded by Nimal Siripala de Silva
In office
28 October 1994 – 10 October 2001
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Preceded by Gamini Dissanayake
Succeeded by Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Colombo District
Assumed office
1994
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Gampaha District
In office
1989–1994
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Biyagama
In office
21 July 1977 – 15 February 1989
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development
Assumed office
12 January 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Basil Rajapaksa
Minister of Industries, Science & Technology
In office
1989 – May 1993
President Ranasinghe Premadasa
Prime Minister D.B. Wijetunga
Minister of Education
In office
14 February 1980 – 1989
President J. R. Jayewardene
Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa
Preceded by Nissanka Wijeyeratne
Succeeded by W. J. M. Lokubandara
Minister of Youth Affairs & Employment
In office
5 October 1977 – 1980
President J. R. Jayewardene
Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa
Leader of the United National Party
Assumed office
1994
Deputy Sajith Premadasa
Karu Jayasuriya
Preceded by D.B. Wijetunga
Personal details
Born Ranil Wickramasinghe
(1949-03-24) 24 March 1949 (age 68)
Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
(now in Sri Lanka)
Political party United National Party
Spouse(s) Maitree Wickremasinghe
(née Wickremasinghe)
Parents Esmond Wickremesinghe (father)
Residence Temple Trees
Alma mater Royal College, Colombo
University of Colombo
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer
Website Official website

Ranil Wickremesinghe, MP (Sinhalese: රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ, Tamil: ரணில் விக்ரமசிங்க; born 24 March 1949) is a Sri Lankan politician who has served as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka since 9 January 2015, as Leader of the United National Party since 1994 and the Member of Parliament for Colombo District since 1977. He is also the leader of the United National Front, having been appointed head of the alliance in October 2009.[1]

Wickremesinghe also previously served as prime minister from 7 May 1993 to 19 August 1994 and 9 December 2001 to 6 April 2004. He was appointed party leader in November 1994 following the assassination of Gamini Dissanayake during the campaign for the 1994 presidential election.[2] On 8 January 2015, Wickremesinghe was appointed as prime minister by President Maithripala Sirisena, who had defeated President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 2015 presidential election.[3]

Wickremesinghe's coalition alliance, the United National Front for Good Governance, won the 2015 parliamentary election with 106 seats. Although it fell short of an outright majority, Wickremesinghe was re-elected as Prime Minister with over 35 Sri Lanka Freedom Party members joining his cabinet.[4][5]

  1. ^ "Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed Prime Minister". Trade Bridge Consultants. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ranil Wickremesinghe - Gentlemen Politician of 4 decades, alias mature leader of the people". United National Party. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka election: shock as president Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat". The Guardian. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Ramachandran, Sudha (13 August 2015). "Sri Lanka's Elections: Rajapaksa Tries a Comeback". The Diplomat. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Calls For Buddhist Approach: Nikkei". AsiaMirror cloned Nikkei. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 

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