Leader of the Opposition (Sri Lanka)

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Leader of the Opposition
Incumbent
Nimal Siripala de Silva

since 16 January 2015
Term length While leader of the largest political party not in government
Coat of arms of Sri Lanka, showing a lion holding a sword in its right forepaw surrounded by a ring made from blue lotus petals which is placed on top of a grain vase sprouting rice grains to encircle it. A Dharmacakra is on the top while a sun and moon are at the bottom on each side of the vase.
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The Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lanka is the politician who leads main opposition. This is the leader of the largest party not within the government, usually the leader of the second largest party in the Parliament. The post of Leader of the Opposition is a political office common in countries that are part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva is the current opposition leader since 9 January 2015.

Leaders of the Opposition of Sri Lanka (1947–Present)[edit]

Those who have served as President or Prime Minister are indicated in italics.

Name Portrait Political Party Tenure
Leaders of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (1947–1972)
Dr. N. M. Perera No image.png Lanka Sama Samaja Party 14 October 1947 – 8 April 1952
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Official Photographic Portrait of S.W.R.D.Bandaranayaka (1899-1959).jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party 9 June 1952 – 18 February 1956
Dr. N. M. Perera
(2nd Term)
No image.png Lanka Sama Samaja Party 19 April 1956 – 5 December 1959
C. P. de Silva No image.png Sri Lanka Freedom Party 30 March 1960 – 23 April 1960
Dudley Senanayake Dudley Shelton Senanayaka (1911-1973).jpg United National Party 5 August 1960 – 17 December 1964
Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party 5 April 1965 – 25 March 1970
J. R. Jayewardene Junius Richard Jayawardana (1906-1996).jpg United National Party 7 June 1970 – 22 May 1972
Leaders of the Opposition in the National State Assembly (1972–1978)
J. R. Jayewardene Junius Richard Jayawardana (1906-1996).jpg United National Party 22 May 1972 – 18 May 1977
A. Amirthalingam No image.png Tamil United Liberation Front 4 August 1977 – 7 September 1978
Leaders of the Opposition in the Parliament (1978–Present)
A. Amirthalingam No image.png Tamil United Liberation Front 7 September 1978 – 24 October 1983
Anura Bandaranaike Anura Bandaranaike portrait.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party 8 November 1983 – 20 December 1988
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
(2nd Term)
Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party 9 March 1989 – 24 June 1994
Gamini Dissanayake Gamini Dissanayake.jpg United National Party 25 August 1994 – 24 October 1994
Ranil Wickremesinghe Ranil Wickremesinghe.jpg United National Party 28 October 1994 – 10 October 2001
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Ratnasiri Wickremanayake1.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party 18 December 2001 – 31 January 2002
Mahinda Rajapakse WEF on the Middle East Arab and foreign Ministers Crop.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party 6 February 2002 – 7 February 2004
Ranil Wickremesinghe
(2nd Term)
Ranil Wickremesinghe.jpg United National Party 22 April 2004 – 9 January 2015
Nimal Siripala de Silva No image.png Sri Lanka Freedom Party 16 January 2015 – Present

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