PARLIAMENT

OF SRI LANKA

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Prime Ministers

First Parliament (House of Representatives) 1947 - 1952

Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake
(Mirigama)

24 September 1947 - 22 March 1952
(Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake was the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)
 

Hon. Dudley Senanayake
(Dedigama)

26 March 1952
(Mr. Dudley Senanayake was appointed Prime Minister on the death of his father Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake)

 

Second Parliament (House of Representatives) 1952 - 1956

Hon. Dudley Senanayake
(Dedigama)

12 October 1953
(At the General Election Mr. Senanayake received a renewed mandate and continued in the Office of Prime Minister without being re-appointed)
 

Rt. Hon. Sir John Kotelawala
(Dodangaslanda)

12 October 1953 - 12 April 1956
(Sir John Kotelawala was appointed Prime Minister on the resignation of Mr. Senanayake )

 

Third Parliament (House of Representatives) 1956 - 1959

Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
(Attanagalla)

12 April 1956 - 26 September 1959
 

Hon. Dr. W. Dahanayake
(Galle)

26 September 1959 - 20 March 1960
(Mr. Dahanayake was appointed Prime Minister on the assassination of Mr. Bandaranaike)

 

Fourth Parliament (House of Representatives) March - April 1960

Hon. Dudley Senanayake
(Dedigama)

21 March 1960 - 21 July 1960
(Mr. Senanayake 's Government was defeated in the House on 22 April 1960 on the address of thanks)

 

Fifth Parliament (House of Representatives) 1960 - 1964

Hon. (Mrs.) Sirima Bandaranaike

21 July 1960 - 25 March 1965
(Being the Leader of the Party (SLFP) she was appointed Prime Minister on 21 July 1960. But as she was not a Member of Parliament, she was appointed to the Senate on 02 August 1960 enabling her to continue as P.M.)
(Mrs. Bandaranaike's Government was defeated in the House on 3 December 1964 on the address of thanks)

 

Sixth Parliament (House of Representatives) 1965 - 1970

Hon. Dudley Senanayake
(Dedigama)

25 March 1965 - 29 May 1970

 

Seventh Parliament (House of Representatives) 1970 - 1972

Hon. (Mrs.) Sirima Bandaranaike
(Attanagalla)

29 May 1970 - 22 May 1972

 

First National State Assembly 1972 - 1977

Hon. (Mrs.) Sirima Bandaranaike
(Attanagalla)

22 May 1972 - 23 July 1977

 

Second National State Assembly 1977 - 1978

Hon. J. R. Jayewardene
(Colombo West)

23 July 1977 - 04 February 1978
   

Hon. R. Premadasa
(Colombo Central - First)

06 February 1978 - 07 September 1978
(Mr. Premadasa was appointed Prime Minister after Mr. Jayewardene assumed the Office of President of Sri Lanka)

 

First Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka 1978 - 1988

Hon. R. Premadasa
(Colombo Central - First)

07 September 1978 - 02 January 1989

 

Second Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka 1989 - 1994

Hon. D. B. Wijetunga
(Mahanuwara District)

06 March 1989* - 28 March 1990**
* (Gaz. No. 554/10 of 18.04.89)
** Resigned
 

Hon. D. B. Wijetunga
(Mahanuwara District)

30 March 1990* - 07 May 1993
*Re-appointed (Gaz. No. 603/19 of 30.03.90)
 

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe
(Gampaha District)

07 May 1993* - 19 August 1994
* (Gaz. No. 765/16 of 07.05.93) (Mr. Wickremesinghe was appointed Prime Minister after Mr. Wijetunga assumed the Office of President of Sri Lanka)

 

Third Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka 1994 - 2000

Hon. (Mrs.) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge
(Gampaha District)

19 August 1994 - 12 November 1994
 

Hon. (Mrs.) Sirimavo R D Bandaranaike
(National List)

14 November 1994 - 09 August 2000
(Mrs. Bandaranaike was appointed Prime Minister after Mrs. Kumaratunge assumed the Office of President of Sri Lanka)
 

Hon. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
(Kalutara District)

10 August 2000 - 13 October 2000

 

Fourth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka 2000 - 2001

Hon. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
(Kalutara District)

13 October 2000 - 07 December 2001

 

Fifth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka 2001 - 2004

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe
(Colombo District)

09 December 2001 - 02 April 2004

 

Sixth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka 2004 - 2010
Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa
(Hambantota District)
06 April 2004 - 19 November 2005
 

Hon. Ratnasiri Wickramanayake
(National List)

19 November 2005 - 20 April 2010
(Mr. Wickramanayake was appointed Prime Minister after Mr. Rajapakse assumed the Office of President of Sri Lanka)

 

Seventh Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka 2010 - 2015

Hon. D. M. Jayaratne
(National List)

21 April 2010 - 09 January 2015

 

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe
(Colombo District)

09 January 2015 - 21 August 2015

(Mr. Wickremesinghe was appointed Prime Minister after Mr. Sirisena assumed the Office of President of Sri Lanka)

 

Eighth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka 2015 - 2020

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe
(Colombo District)

24 August 2015 - 26 October 2018*

* (Gaz. No. 2094/43 of 26.10.2018)

 

Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa
(Kurunegala  District)

26 October 2018 - 15 December 2018††

(Gaz. No. 2094/44 of 26.10.2018)
†† (Gaz. No. 2101/39 of 16.12.2018)

 
Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe
(Colombo District)
16 December 2018 - 21 November 2019‡‡
(Gaz. No. 2101/40 of 16.12.2018)
‡‡ Resigned
 

Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa
(Kurunegala  District)

21 November 2019 - 05 August 2020

 

Ninth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka 2020 - to date

Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa
(Kurunegala  District)

09 August 2020 - to date

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