Former Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon passes away
December 25, 2021 03:55 pm
Former Sri Lankan minister Gunaratne Weerakoon has passed away at the age of 74.
The veteran politician, who also served as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) chief organizer for the Karandeniya electorate, had reportedly passed away last night (24).
The father of two, who was living in Malabe, is lying in state at a private funeral parlor in Colombo while the final rites are scheduled to be performed tomorrow (25).
Weerakoon is the former Leader of Opposition at the Karandeniya Pradeshiya Sabha.
He was elected to the Southern Provincial Council in 1994 while he served as the Provincial Minister of Food and Cooperatives and Health until 2004.
He was elected to the Parliament in 2004 from the Galle District and served in the positions including Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction and the Deputy Minister of Culture.
Weerakoon also served as the Cabinet Minister of Nation Building and the Cabinet Minister of Resettlement.