Amarasiri Dodangoda

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Amarasiri Dodangoda

Minister of Justice
In office
8 April 2004 – 30 May 2009
PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa
Chandrika Kumaratunga
Prime MinisterRatnasiri Wickremanayake
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Preceded byW. J. M. Lokubandara
Succeeded byMilinda Moragoda
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Galle
In office
In office
Personal details
Born(1941-10-18)18 October 1941
Died30 May 2009(2009-05-30) (aged 67)
Galle, Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partySri Lanka Freedom Party

Amarasiri Dodangoda (18 October 1941 – 30 May 2009) was a Sri Lankan politician, the former Minister of Justice and Law Reforms (2005–2009) and the second Chief Minister of the Southern Province (1993–1994).

Early life[edit]

Dodangoda was born on 18 October 1941 to a businessman William Appuhamy and Punyawathie Goonesekera in Dodangoda, Galle. His had his primary education at Kukulalawatte Junior School, Ginimallegaha, Baddegama and had his tertiary level education both at Baddegama Ratnasara Vidyalaya and Richmond College, Galle. He graduated from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya in 1963 with a B.A. degree and began his profession as a teacher at Vidyaloka Pirivena, Galle. Then he joined the Government service as an Education Officer in the latter part of the 1960s and this was followed by his entry to Sri Lanka Law College in 1971.Subsequently he was sworn in as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.[1] He was married and had two children.


He was a radical political figure in Southern Sri Lanka since 1971. He acted as Sri Lanka Freedom Party organiser for Baddegama, contested the Galle electorate and entered Parliament in 1983. In 1993 he gave up his Opposition Parliamentary seat and made revolutionary move, giving signals end 17-year United National Party Government, he was the elected Chief Minister of the Southern Province with a majority vote. He re-entered Parliament as an MP in 1994, and held various ministries, including those of indigenous medicine, co-operatives, vocational training, local government, public administration and home affairs. He was appointed Minister of Justice and Law Reforms in 2005. As a politician he has been man of ethics, and has never crossed over from political from his political party, has never misappropriated public funds, and supported leftist course of views. People of Galle in appreciation continued to support Amarasiri Dodamgoda as a Minister while he was ailing due poor health in his later years. He was a firm supporter of the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapakse.[2]

Not only in Galle City but around Sri Lanka many lands were purchased by foreigners and they continue to do so. When the new Government is formed we will not allow them to purchase lands" said Amarasiri Dodangoda former Minister and the leader of the Galle District Freedom Alliance. Amarasiri Dodangoda said he was in Parliament about 23 years and this is the first time candidates are meeting to explain their policies. He said that during the last two years UNF Ministers and MPs said many things but have not done work to people. Many became rich people.[3]

  • Sri Lanka can be taken towards progress only by a Leftist Government, Amarasiri Dodangoda said. "UNP denial, of a secret pact with the LTTE is an utter falsehood, and deceptive as they have already inserted of an interim administration to North-East for a short period, in their election manifesto".
  • "The UNP and its leader Ranil Wicremesinghe were the most suitable tools for those business tycoons and LTTE to activate their coup against the government.
  • "Sensible and patriotic people are with the PA, and not with UNP. Short time interim administration given to Prabhakaran in the North-East means giving Eelam on a platter for ever. You all should be aware of it" Amarasiri Dodangoda said.[4]


In March 2009, Dodangoda was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital due to an undisclosed ailment.[5] On 30 May 2009, he died as a result of prolonged illness.[6]


  1. ^ "Sri Lanka News | Online edition of Daily News - Lakehouse Newspapers". Archived from the original on 14 June 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  2. ^ "News Features". Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  3. ^ Daily News (17 March 2004)
  4. ^ Daily News (22 November 2001)
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka Minister of Justice and Law Reforms Amarasiri Dodangoda admitted to the hospital". 23 March 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Sri Lanka News". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2012.