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Ranasinghe Premadasa

Government official , politician

Ranasinghe PREMADASA, politician and local government official. of Ceylon Labour Party and elected to Muncipal Council, Colombo 1950, Deputy Mayor 1955; Emergency Civil Administration since 1984.


Premadasa, Ranasinghe was born on June 23, 1924.


Student, Lorenz College. Student, St. Joseph College, Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Member Municipal Council, Colombo, 1950-1955. Deputy mayor, 1955

3d member Colombo Central Constituency, House of Representatives, 1960-1965, 2d member, 1965-1970, 1st member, 1970-1977. Parliamentary secretary to minister local government, 1965.

Chief whip Government Parliamentary Group, 1965. Parliamentary secretary to minister information and broadcasting, also to minister local government, 1966. Minister of local government, 1968-1970.

Chief whip Opposition Parliamentary Group, 1970-1977. Deputy leader United National Party, from 1976. Minister local government, housing and construction, leader National State Assembly, from 1977.

Prime minister of Sri Lanka, 1978-1988, minister of highways, 1981-1988, minister of emergency civil administration, 1984-1988, president, since 1989, minister of defense policy planning, implementation, and Buddha Sasana, since 1989, delegate Buddha Sangayana, Burma, 1955, to China and Soviet Union, 1959, to Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Canberra, Australia, 1970.


  • Other Work

    • Numerous books in Sinhala.


Of Ceylon Labour Party and elected to Muncipal Council, Colombo 1950, Deputy Mayor 1955. Emergency Civil Administration since 1984.


  • Other Interests

    Photography, writing.


Married Hema Wickrematunga, 1964. 2 children.

Hema Wickrematunga