Leader of the Opposition (Sri Lanka)

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Leader of the Opposition of Sri Lanka
R. Sampanthan.jpg
R. Sampanthan

since 3 September 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 Sri Lanka is the politician who leads the main opposition party. 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.

R. Sampanthan is the opposition leader, since 3 September 2015

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

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

Leader of the Opposition Term of office Political Party
No. Portrait Name


Took office Left office
1 N. M. Perera No image.png 14 October 1947 8 April 1952 Lanka Sama Samaja Party
2 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Official Photographic Portrait of S.W.R.D.Bandaranayaka (1899-1959).jpg 9 June 1952 18 February 1956 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
(1) N. M. Perera
(2nd Term)
No image.png 19 April 1956 5 December 1959 Lanka Sama Samaja Party
3 C. P. de Silva No image.png 30 March 1960 23 April 1960 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
4 Dudley Senanayake Dudley Shelton Senanayaka (1911-1973).jpg 5 August 1960 17 December 1964 United National Party
5 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg 5 April 1965 25 March 1970 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
6 J. R. Jayewardene Junius Richard Jayawardana (1906-1996).jpg 7 June 1970 18 May 1977 United National Party
7 A. Amirthalingam No image.png 4 August 1977 24 October 1983 Tamil United Liberation Front
8 Anura Bandaranaike Anura Bandaranaike portrait.jpg 8 November 1983 20 December 1988 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
(5) Sirimavo Bandaranaike
(2nd Term)
Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranayaka (1916-2000) (Hon.Sirimavo Bandaranaike with Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali Crop).jpg 9 March 1989 24 June 1994 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
9 Gamini Dissanayake Gamini Dissanayake.jpg 25 August 1994 24 October 1994 United National Party
10 Ranil Wickremesinghe R Wickremasinghe.jpg 28 October 1994 10 October 2001 United National Party
11 Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Ratnasiri Wickremanayake1.jpg 18 December 2001 31 January 2002 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
12 Mahinda Rajapaksa Mahinda Rajapaksa.jpg 6 February 2002 7 February 2004 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
(10) Ranil Wickremesinghe
(2nd Term)
R Wickremasinghe.jpg 22 April 2004 9 January 2015 United National Party
14 Nimal Siripala de Silva No image.png 16 January 2015 26 June 2015 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
15 R. Sampanthan R. Sampanthan.jpg 3 September 2015 present Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi


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