List of Presidents of Sri Lanka

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politics and government of
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The President of Sri Lanka is the elected head of state and the head of government. The President is a dominant political figure in Sri Lanka. The office was created in 1978. The current President is Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Presidents[edit]

Parties

      United National Party       Sri Lanka Freedom Party       Independent

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Home Province
Term of office

Electoral mandates
Other ministerial offices
held while President
Political party
of President
Government Refs
1 William Gopallawa.JPG William Gopallawa
(1897–1981)
Central
22 May
1972
4 February
1978
Independent Sirimavo Bandaranaike II 10th [1]
 —
Served as the last Governor-General of Ceylon and the first (non-executive) President when Ceylon declared itself a republic in 1972, and changed its name to Sri Lanka.
2 Junius Richard Jayawardana (1906-1996).jpg Junius Richard Jayewardene
(1906–1996)
Western
4 February
1978
2 January
1989
Minister of Defence
Minister of Planning & Economic Affairs
Minister of Plan Implementation
& Minister of Higher Education
United National Party Jayewardene 11th
12th
[1]
1982
Introduced the Executive Presidency in 1978, and assumed the position of President of Sri Lanka.[2]
3 Ranasinghe Premadasa.jpg Ranasinghe Premadasa
(1924–1993)
Western
2 January
1989
1 May
1993†
Minister of Defence
Minister of Buddha Sasana
& Minister of Minister of Policy Planning & Implementation
United National Party Premadasa 13th [1]
1988
Was assassinated during a May Day rally, by an LTTE suicide bomber.
4 DingiriBandaWijetunga.jpg Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
(1916–2008)
Central
2 May
1993
12 November
1994
United National Party Wijetunga 13th
14th
[1]
 —
Appointed as president after Ranasinghe Premadasa's assassination by LTTE.
5 Chandrika Kumaratunga.jpg Chandrika Kumaratunga
(1945–)
Western
12 November
1994
19 November
2005
Sri Lanka Freedom Party Kumaratunga 14th
15th
16th
17th
[1]
1994, 1999
The first non UNP President of the country. Appointed her mother, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, to succeed her as Prime Minister. Victim of multiple assassination attempts by LTTE, which were all unsuccessful.
6 WEF on the Middle East Arab and foreign Ministers Crop.jpg Mahinda Rajapaksa
(1945–)
Southern
19 November
2005
Incumbent Minister of Defence
Minister of Finance
Minister of Law & Order
& Minister of Highways, Ports & Shipping
Sri Lanka Freedom Party Rajapaksa 17th
18th
[1]
2005, 2010
Ended the 25 year long civil war and LTTE terrorism in the country. [3]

Living former Presidents[edit]

President Term of office Date of birth
Chandrika Kumaratunga 1994–2005 (1945-06-29) June 29, 1945 (age 69)

The most recent death of a former President was that of Dingiri Banda Wijetunga (1993–1994) on 21 September 2008, aged 92.

Timeline[edit]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Chandrika Kumaratunga Dingiri Banda Wijetunga Ranasinghe Premadasa Junius Richard Jayewardene William Gopallawa

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f "Heads of State". Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Former Sri Lanka president dies, leaves mixed legacy". CNN. 1 November 1996. Retrieved 4 October 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ Sri Lankan Civil War#16 May: President declares victory

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