Ruwan Wijewardene

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The Honourable
Ruwan Wijewardene
MP
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The State Minister of Defence
Assumed office
12 January 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Gampaha District
Assumed office
2010
Personal details
Born (1975-08-04) August 4, 1975 (age 41)
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Parents Ranjith Wijewardene
Ranjani Wijewardene
(née Senanayake)
Alma mater S. Thomas' Preparatory School, Colombo, Sri Lanka
University of Sussex,
United Kingdom
Occupation Politics
Religion Buddhist
Website Official website

Dinendra Ruwan Wijewardene (Sinhala:දිනෙන්ද්‍ර රුවන් විජෙවර්ධන) (born 4 August 1975) (known as Ruwan Wijewardene) is a Sri Lankan politician, He is the current State Minister of Defence, Member of Parliament for Gampaha District[1] and the United National Party (UNP) chief organiser for Biyagama Electorate. Prior to entering parliament in 2010, he was a member of the Western Provincial Council.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born to a political dynasty, he is the youngest son of Ranjani Senanayake and Ranjith Wijewardene (Chairman of Wijeya Newspapers). His maternal great grandfather, Rt Hon D.S Senanayake, was the first prime minister of Ceylon and his grand uncle, Dudley Senanayake, was the second prime minister of Ceylon and went on to become prime minister two more times during the 1950s and 1960s. His paternal grandfather, D. R. Wijewardena, was a press baron who was a leader in the Sri Lankan independence movement. A successful entrepreneur, he established Lake House newspapers and played a major role in the independence movement. Ruwan Wijewardene is a nephew of the first executive president J.R. Jayewardene of Sri Lanka and a cousin of Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.[3][4]

Education[edit]

Wijewardene completed his primary and secondary education at St. Thomas' Preparatory School. He then pursued further studies at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, where he earned a BA.

Political career[edit]

Wijewardene contested the Western Provincial elections in 2009 and was a member of the Western Provincial Council until 2010. He stood for parliamentary elections 2010 and secured the highest number of preference votes from Gampaha District.

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