Tyronne Fernando

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Tyronne Fernando
MP, PC, MA (Oxon)
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Tyronne Fernando speaking at the London School of Economics
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Lakshman Kadirgamar
Succeeded by Lakshman Kadirgamar
5th Governor of North Eastern Province
In office
Preceded by Asoka Jayawardena
Succeeded by Mohan Wijewickrama
Sri Lanka Ambassador to France
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Moratuwa
In office
Preceded by Wimalasiri De Mel
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born 8 August 1941
Died 26 February 2008(2008-02-26) (aged 66)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford,
Royal College, Colombo
Occupation Politician and Diplomat
Profession Lawyer

Tyronne Fernando PC (Sinhala:ටිරොන් ෆර්නැන්ඩො) (8 August 1941 – 26 February 2008) was a Sri Lankan politician who served as Foreign Minister from 2001 until 2004.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Fernando was born on 8 August 1941.[1] Fernando was a descendant of Puran Appu.[1] He attended Royal College, Colombo, one of Sri Lanka's premier schools and earned his master of arts in political science at Keble College of the Oxford University.[1] At Oxford he was the first Asian to be the chairman of the Labour Club. He also has a diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism.

Legal career[edit]

He entered Gray's Inn, London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales, as a Barrister. Returning to Sri Lanka, he worked as a Crown Counsel for period of 10 years and work as a criminal lawyer for another 10 years. He was later appointed a President's Counsel and elevated to Master of the Bench Gray's Inn.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1974, Fernando entered politics after he joined the United National Party. He was elected to Parliament in 1977 as a representative of the Moratuwa constituency, a stronghold of the LSSP he won with a record majority of 15,000. Fernando served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs during the presidency of J.R. Jayewardene.[1] He also served as Minister of Information in 1993 during the presidency of Ranasinghe Premadasa.[1] He also served as the head of Sri Lanka Cricket Board from 1991 until 1994.[1]

In 2001, the new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed him to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He served in this capacity until 2004. During his tenure, he sought the position of Secretary General of the United Nations.

Fernando resigned from the United National Party after the 2004 election, during which he lost his parliamentary seat. He was later appointed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga as Governor of the former North-East Province on 8 December 2004.[1] He served as governor until January 2006.[1] In 2007 he was appointed as Sri Lankan Ambassador to France.

Fernando died on 26 February 2008 at a private hospital in Colombo.[1] At the time of his death, he was serving as a Senior advisor to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.[1] Fernando had one child, Tehani Mathew.[1] The Tyronne Fernando Cricket Stadium is named in his honor.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Tyronne Fernando dead". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Asoka Jayawardena
Governor of North Eastern Province
Succeeded by
Mohan Wijewickrama
Preceded by
Lakshman Kadirgamar
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
Succeeded by
Lakshman Kadirgamar