Gamini Lokuge

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Gamini Lokuge

Minister of Labour & Productivity Improvement
In office
23 April 2010 – 12 January 2015
PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa
Prime MinisterD. M. Jayaratne
Preceded byAthauda Seneviratne
Minister for Sports and Public Recreation
In office
28 January 2007 – 23 April 2010
PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa
Prime MinisterRatnasiri Wickremanayake
Preceded byJeewan Kumaranatunga
Succeeded byC. B. Rathnayake
Minister of Tourism
In office
2001 – 08 April 2004
PresidentChandrika Kumaratunga
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Colombo
Assumed office
1989
Personal details
Born (1948-05-08) May 8, 1948 (age 70)
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyUPFA (JO)
(2007 –Present)
Other political
affiliations
United People's Freedom Alliance
(2007 –Present)
United National Front
(2000 – 2007)
Alma materAnanda Sastralaya, Kotte
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionBusinessman

Gamini Kulawansa Lokuge (born 8 May 1948 in Piliyandala) is a Sri Lankan politician and former government minister.

Early life[edit]

Lokuge was born in Piliyandala to middle-class parents. He received his primary education in Piliyandala and completed his higher education at Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte.

Political career[edit]

Lokuge entered politics in 1960 as a member of the United National Party (UNP). His first national campaign was in 1983, when he was elected by a clear majority to represent the Kesbewa Electoral District.

He served as Minister of Tourism in the UNP governments of 1989 and 2002. In 2006, he joined the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa after having personal issues with Ranil Wickremesinghe.

In January 2007, Lokuge was appointed to the Ministry of Sports and Public Recreation. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2015.

In October 2018 a senior Sri Lankan politician and Minister Kumara Welgama alleged that Gamini Lokuge was responsible for the burning down of the famous library in Jaffna, during the start of the ethnic conflict. (2)

References[edit]

  • "Gamini Lokuge Page". Directory of Members. Parliament of Sri Lanka.

(2) "Kumar Welgama Statement".