New Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena…

July 23, 2022  

 

Member of Parliament Dinesh Gunawardena took oaths as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, before President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday (July 22). Gunawardena embarked on active politics in late 1970s and entered the parliament in 1983 representing the Maharagama electoral district. He has held cabinet ministerial portfolios under various governments. Gunawardena has also served as the Leader of the House and the Chief Government Whip in the Sri Lankan parliament. He was born in 1949 to leftist politician Philip Gunawardena who was fondly known as ‘the Lion of Boralugoda’ and Kusumasiri Gunawardena. He has been leading the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna since 1973, following the demise of his father, the founder of the party. Gunawardena, who is a schoolmate of President Wickremesinghe, was educated at Royal College in Colombo.

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