Ranil Wickremesinghe new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
2018-12-16 at 11:22
Ranil Shriyan Wickremesinghe has been sworn-in as the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Leader of the United National Party and Member of Parliament Ranil Wickremesinghe took oath before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat around 11.16am.
The political veteran of 40-years today became the five-time Prime Minister and the only individual to hold this distinction.
Ranil Wickremesinghe was born as the second son of Nalini and Esmond Wickremesinghe, on the 24th of March in 1949, a year after Sri Lanka gained independence from the British Empire.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, educated at the prestigious Royal College in Colombo 07, graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ceylon, Colombo campus and then following his graduation in 1972, he completed law exams at the Law College and took oaths as an advocate.
He joined the UNP in the mid-1970s, following an invitation by the then-charismatic leader and the first Executive President of Sri Lanka JR Jayewardene.
28-year-old Ranil Wickremesinghe first entered Parliament after winning the Biyagama Electorate during the 1977 Parliamentary Election.
Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the new Government of JR Jayewardene.
He continued to hold several key Cabinet portfolios under JR Jayewardene and Ranasinghe Premadasa governments.
Ranil Wickremesinghe was first appointed the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka under President DB Wijetunga’s administration on the 7th of May 1993.
He served as the Prime Minister until the 19th of August 1994 and also became the seventh Leader of the United National Party in 1994.
Ranil Wickremesinghe served as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister for the second time from the 9th of December to the 6th of April 2004.
Following the victory of President Maithripala Sirisena, on the 8th of January 2015, Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed Prime Minister for the third time.
Ranil Wickremesinghe who contested from the Colombo District at the 2015 General Election consolidated his victory by polling a record 500,506 votes.
It is the highest number of votes polled by a candidate in Sri Lanka’s election history.
Subsequently Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed the country’s Prime Minister on the 21st of August 2015.
He served as the Prime Minister until the 26th of October 2018, prior to the contentious issuance of the Gazette by the President to dissolve the existing Cabinet on the 26th of October.