Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
Emblem of Sri Lanka.svg
Coat of Arms of Sri Lanka
Karu Jayasuriya.jpg
Karu Jayasuriya

since 1 September 2015
Style Honourable Speaker
Appointer Parliament of Sri Lanka
Inaugural holder Alfred Francis Molamure
Formation 7 July 1931
Succession Second in the
presidential line of succession
Deputy Deputy Speaker of the Parliament
Website Speaker of Parliament
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.
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Sri Lanka
The Speakers Residence

The Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka is the presiding officer of the chamber. The Speaker fulfills a number of important functions in relation to the operation the House, which is based upon the British Westminster Parliamentary system. The office was established in 1947. The current Speaker of the Parliament is Karu Jayasuriya, in office since 1 September 2015.

List of Speakers of Parliament[edit]


  United National Party   Sri Lanka Freedom Party   Independent   Governors of British Ceylon

Name Portrait Party Tenure Head(s) of Government
Speakers of the State Council (1931–1947)
Alfred Francis Molamure Non-partisan 7 July 1931 – 10 December 1934 Graeme Thomson
Francis Graeme Tyrrell
Reginald Edward Stubbs
Forester Augustus Obeysekera Non-partisan 11 December 1934 – 7 December 1935 Reginald Edward Stubbs
Waithilingam Duraiswamy Non-partisan 17 March 1936 – 4 July 1947 Reginald Edward Stubbs
Maxwell MacLagan Wedderburn
Andrew Caldecott
Henry Monck-Mason Moore
Speakers of the Ceylonese House of Representatives (1947–1972)
Alfred Francis Molamure United National Party 14 October 1947 – 25 January 1951 Henry Monck-Mason Moore
D. S. Senanayake
Albert Peries United National Party 13 February 1951 – 18 February 1956 D. S. Senanayake
Dudley Senanayake
John Kotelawala
Hameed Hussain Sheikh Ismail Independent 19 April 1956 – 5 December 1959 John Kotelawala
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
Wijeyananda Dahanayake
Tikiri Banda Subasinghe Sri Lanka Freedom Party 30 March 1960 – 23 April 1960 Dudley Senanayake
R. S. Pelpola Sri Lanka Freedom Party 5 August 1960 – 24 January 1964 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Hugh Fernando Sri Lanka Freedom Party 24 January 1964 – 17 December 1964
Albert Peries United National Party 5 April 1965 – 21 September 1967 Dudley Senanayake
Shirley Corea United National Party 27 September 1967 – 25 March 1970
Stanley Tillekeratne Sri Lanka Freedom Party 7 June 1970 – 22 May 1972 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Speakers of the National State Assembly (1972–1978)
Stanley Tillekeratne Sri Lanka Freedom Party 22 May 1972 – 18 May 1977 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Anandatissa de Alwis United National Party 4 August 1977 – 7 September 1978 J. R. Jayewardene
Speakers of the Sri Lankan Parliament (1978–present)
Anandatissa de Alwis United National Party 7 September 1978 – 13 September 1978 J. R. Jayewardene
Bakeer Markar United National Party 21 September 1978 – 30 August 1983
E. L. Senanayake E. L. Senanayake United National Party 6 September 1983 – 20 December 1988
M. H. Mohamed United National Party 9 March 1989 – 24 June 1994 Ranasinghe Premadasa
Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
Kiri Banda Ratnayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party 25 August 1994 – 10 October 2000 Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
Chandrika Kumaratunga
Anura Bandaranaike Anura Bandaranaike United National Party 18 October 2000 – 10 October 2001 Chandrika Kumaratunga
M. Joseph Michael Perera United National Party 19 December 2001 – 7 February 2004
W. J. M. Lokubandara W. J. M. Lokubandara United National Party 22 April 2004 – 8 April 2010 Chandrika Kumaratunga
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Chamal Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Freedom Party 22 April 2010 – 26 June 2015 Mahinda Rajapaksa
Maithripala Sirisena
Karu Jayasuriya Karu Jayasuriya United National Party 1 September 2015 – Present Maithripala Sirisena

See also[edit]


External links[edit]