D. M. Jayaratne

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D. M. Jayaratne
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14th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
In office
21 April 2010 – 9 January 2015
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Preceded by Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Succeeded by Ranil Wickremesinghe
Minister of Buddhasasana & Religious Affairs
In office
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Prime Minister Himself
Minister of Plantations
In office
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Minister of Posts, Telecommunications & Upcountry Development
In office
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Chandrika Kumaratunga
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Minister of Agriculture
In office
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Kandy District
In office
In office
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for National List
In office
In office
Personal details
Born (1931-06-04) 4 June 1931 (age 87)
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
Children Senani Jayaratne
Nushani Jayaratne
Anuradha Jayaratne
Residence Doluwa, Gampola,
Sri Lanka.

Disanayaka Mudiyanselage Jayaratne (Sinhalese: දිසානායක මුදියන්සේලාගේ ජයරත්න,Tamil: திசாநாயக்க முதியன்சேலாகே ஜயரத்ன; born 4 June 1931[1]) known as D. M. "Di Mu" Jayaratne [2] is a veteran Sri Lankan politician who was Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 2010 to 2015. A founding member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Jayaratne was first elected to parliament in 1970. He was sworn in as Prime Minister on 21 April 2010.[3]

Early & Personal life[edit]

D. M. Jayaratne was born on 4 June 1931. He was educated at Doluwa Maha Vidyalaya in Gampola, a town just outside Kandy. Following the founding of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in Kandy in 1951 by S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, Jayaratne worked as a teacher at Doluwa Maha Vidyalaya. He later worked as Postmaster at Doluwa from 1960 to 1962.[4] Jayaratne's daughter is a graduate from Manipal University, Manipal campus, India.[5]


Jayaratne first entered parliament following the 1970 general election, obtaining 14,463 votes as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) candidate in the Gampola electorate, and defeating W.P.B. Dissanayake of the United National Party (UNP).[6] He was subsequently defeated by Dissanayake in the 1977 election in which just 8 members of the SLFP were returned to parliament.[7] He was again re-elected to parliament in 1989 from the Kandy District under the new preferential voting system. He obtained 54,290 preferential votes, topping the SLFP list in the Kandy District.[4]

Re-elected to parliament under the People's Alliance in 1994, Jayaratne was appointed Minister of Land, Agriculture and Forestry by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, entering the cabinet for the first time.[4]

  • Member of the Village Council
  • Chairman of the Village Council
  • President of the Kandy District Village Council Chairmen Association
  • Member of the Federation of All Ceylon Village Council Chairmen
  • Member of 7th Parliament (Member of Parliament, Gampola 1970 to 1977)
  • Secretary General of People’s United Front
  • Senior Vice President of Sri Lanka Freedom Party
  • Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock (1994)
  • Minister of Agriculture, Land and Forestry (1997)
  • Minister of Agriculture and Land (1999)
  • Minister of Agriculture (2000)
  • Minister of Agriculture Land Forestry Food and Cooperative Development (2001 Probationary Government)
  • Minister of Post and Communication (2004 while being in the Opposition)
  • Minister of Post and Telecommunication (2004)
  • Minister of Telecommunication and Rural Economic Promotion (2005)
  • Minister of Telecommunication and Upcountry Development (2006)
  • Minister of Plantation Industries (2007)
  • Prime Minister, Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs 2010–2015

Prime Minister[edit]

Following the election victory of the United People's Freedom Alliance at the 2010 general election, Jayaratne, the most senior member of the SLFP, was sworn in as Prime Minister on 21 April 2010. Under the constitution of Sri Lanka, the Premiership is largely a ceremonial post. Along with it, he also held the Ministry of Buddha Sasana (Buddhism) and Religious Affairs.[8]

See also[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Succeeded by
Ranil Wickremesinghe