Nimal Siripala de Silva

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The Honourable
Nimal Siripala de Silva
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
16 January 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Ranil Wickremesinghe
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Badulla
Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management
In office
16 April 2010 – 9 January 2015
Preceded by Anuruddha Ratwatte
Succeeded by Duminda Dissnayake
Personal details
Born (1944-09-06) September 6, 1944 (age 70)
Badulla, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lanka
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
(2004 – Present)
People's Alliance
(1994 – 2004)
Alma mater Nalanda College, Colombo
Occupation Politics
Profession Lawyer
Religion Buddhist

Nilenthi Nimal Siripala de Silva MP (6 September 1944) is current opposition leader of Sri Lanka Freedom Party and a Member of Parliament representing the Badulla District

De Silva is Lawyer a by profession and received his secondary education at Nalanda College, Colombo.[1]

He is the Assembly President of the World Health Organisation. On 4 July 1996 De Silva was able to escaped with injuries in an attempted assassination by a LTTE women suicide bomber at the Stanley Road in Jaffna. This incident took place minutes after the Minister declared open a branch of Building Materials Corporation (BMC) in Jaffna. Brigadier Ananda Hamangoda (Jaffna Sector Commander), Ranjith Godamuna (Chairman, Lanka Cement) and 21 others were killed and more than 50 injured in this explosion.[2]

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  1. ^ Who is Nimal Siripala De Silva? A lawyer turned politician
  2. ^ Wasantha Siriwardena (1996-07-07). "Thursdays blast in Jaffna". The Sunday Times - Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2014-02-19.