Leader of the Opposition (Sri Lanka)

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Leader of the Opposition
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Incumbent
Ranil Wickremesinghe

since 6 April 2004
Term length While leader of the largest political party not in government
Coat of arms of Sri Lanka, showing a lion holding a sword in its right forepaw surrounded by a ring made from blue lotus petals which is placed on top of a grain vase sprouting rice grains to encircle it. A Dharmacakra is on the top while a sun and moon are at the bottom on each side of the vase.
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The Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lanka is the politician who leads main opposition. This is the leader of the largest party not within the government, usually the leader of the second largest party in the Parliament. The post of Leader of the Opposition is a political office common in countries that are part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The current Leader of the Opposition is Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party.

Leaders of the Opposition of Sri Lanka (1947–Present)[edit]

Those who have served as President or Prime Minister are indicated in italics.

Leaders of the Opposition of the Parliament (House of Representatives) (1947–1972)[edit]

# Leader Political Party Term of office
1 No image.png Dr. N. M. Perera Lanka Sama Samaja Party 14 October 1947 –
8 April 1952
2 Official Photographic Portrait of S.W.R.D.Bandaranayaka (1899-1959).jpg S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 9 June 1952 –
18 February 1956
(1) No image.png Dr. N. M. Perera Lanka Sama Samaja Party 19 April 1956 –
5 December 1959
3 No image.png C. P. de Silva Sri Lanka Freedom Party 30 March 1960 –
23 April 1960
4 Dudley Shelton Senanayaka (1911-1973).jpg Dudley Senanayake United National Party 5 August 1960 –
17 December 1964
5 Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 5 April 1965 –
25 March 1970
6 Junius Richard Jayawardana (1906-1996).jpg J. R. Jayewardene United National Party 7 June 1970 –
22 May 1972

Leaders of the Opposition of the Parliament (National State Assembly) (1972–1978)[edit]

# Leader Political Party Term of office
(6) Junius Richard Jayawardana (1906-1996).jpg J. R. Jayewardene United National Party 22 May 1972 –
18 May 1977
7 No image.png A. Amirthalingam Tamil United Liberation Front 4 August 1977 –
7 September 1978

Leaders of the Opposition of the Parliament (1978–Present)[edit]

# Leader Political Party Term of office
(7) No image.png A. Amirthalingam Tamil United Liberation Front 7 September 1978 –
24 October 1983
8 Anura Bandaranaike portrait.jpg Anura Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 8 November 1983 –
20 December 1988
(5) Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 9 March 1989 –
24 June 1994
9 Gamini Dissanayake.jpg Gamini Dissanayake United National Party 25 August 1994 –
24 October 1994
10 Defense.gov News Photo 031103-D-2987S-069.jpg Ranil Wickremesinghe United National Party 28 October 1994 –
10 October 2001
11 Ratnasiri Wickremanayake1.jpg Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party 18 December 2001 –
31 January 2002
12 WEF on the Middle East Arab and foreign Ministers Crop.jpg Mahinda Rajapakse Sri Lanka Freedom Party 6 February 2002 –
7 February 2004
(10) Defense.gov News Photo 031103-D-2987S-069.jpg Ranil Wickremesinghe United National Party 22 April 2004 –
Present

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