Asoka Jayawardena

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Major General Deshamanya
Asoka Jayawardena
4th Governor of North Eastern Province
In office
13 November 1998 – 30 November 2004
Preceded by Gamini Fonseka
Succeeded by Tyronne Fernando
Personal details
Nationality Sri Lankan
Spouse(s) Srimathi (m. 1975; d. 2002)
Children Two children
Alma mater S. Thomas' College, Colombo
Military service
Allegiance Sri Lanka
Service/branch Sri Lanka Army
Years of service 19?? - 1998
Rank Major General
Unit Sri Lanka Light Infantry
Commands Security Forces Commander in Jaffna
Overall Operations Commander
Battles/wars Sri Lankan Civil War

Major General Deshamanya Asoka Kanthilal Jayawardena, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, was Sri Lankan soldier and politician. He was the former Provincial Governor of the Governor of North Eastern Province and Secretary to the Minister of Defence.

Military career[edit]

Jayawardena was Overall Operations Commander (OOC) of the Sri Lanka Army. In 1997 he was succeeded by Lt. Gen. Srilal Weerasooriya.[1] Jayawardena also served as Security Forces Commander in Jaffna.

Political career[edit]

Retiring from the Sri Lanka Army in 1998, Jayawardena was appointed as Governor of North Eastern Province. His predecessor Gamini Fonseka resigned from the office due to a difference of opinion with the President at the time. He is known to be a close confidante of the President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and he is believed to be one of her principal military advisors.

Jayawardena was the first governor of the province to visit the Jaffna peninsula after the establishment of the North Eastern Provincial Council.[2]


His awards and decorations include the Medals; Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP), Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP), Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya (VSV) and Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP).[3]

In 2005 he was awarded the National title, Deshamanya.

Sri Lankan awards[edit]

In Order of Precedence


  1. ^ "New SLA commander assumes duties". TamilNet. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Asoka tipped to be new Defence Secretary". The Island. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ "History of Governors". Governors of the Northern Provincial Council. Northern Provincial Council. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Overall Operations Commander
Succeeded by
Lt. Gen. Srilal Weerasooriya
Political offices
Preceded by
Gamini Fonseka
Governor of North Eastern Province
Succeeded by
Tyronne Fernando