Susil Moonesinghe

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The Honourable
Susil Moonesinghe
Personal details
Born 11 February 1930
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died 30 November 2012(2012-11-30) (aged 82)
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Other political
Mahajana Eksath Peramuna,
Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Alma mater Royal College, Colombo
Occupation Politics, Diplomat
Profession Barrister

Susil Moonesinghe (11 February 1930 – 30 November 2012) was a Sri Lankan lawyer, politician and diplomat and former Chairman of State Trading Wholesale Company Ltd. A former Chief Minister of the Western Provincial Council and a member of parliament, he was a former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Iran. The brother of Anil Moonesinghe and the son of Piyadas Moonesinghe, he was educated at the Royal College, Colombo.

His paternal grandmother was the sister of Anagarika Dharmapala, daughter of Don Carolis Hewavitharana and granddaughter of Andiris Perera Dharmagunawardhana.

He began his political career by contesting, unsuccessfully, the Polgahawela constituency in the 1960 general election from the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna. During the 1970 general election, he was appointed organiser for the Southern Province by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

From 1970-72 he served as Director-General of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Thereafter he devoted himself to business activities.

He was elected first Chief Minister of the Western Province in 1988 and served until 1993. Thereafter until 1994 he was leader of the opposition in the Provincial Council. In 1994-2000 he was a Member of Parliament for Colombo District. In 2000-2002 he was Ambassador to Iran.

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