Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, M.P.
Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for the fourth time on 21st August 2015. He is the Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Sri Lanka’s largest political party, which is a constituent member of the National Unity Government led by H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka.
Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe was first appointed as the Prime Minister from 1993-1994. He was elected as the Prime Minister from 2001-2004, when the United National Front Government won the general elections in 2001. A lawyer by profession, he was first elected to Parliament in 1977 at the age of 28, having worked in the Youth League of the UNP from his university days. As the youngest Minister in Sri Lanka at the time, he held the post of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, under President Jayewardene. Very soon, in recognition of his exceptional talents and unique capacity for work, he was appointed to the Cabinet as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Employment. Later on, he was given the portfolio of Education. Thereafter in 1989, as a seasoned legislator, he was made the Leader of the House under President Premadasa. He also served as the Minister of Industries, Science and Technology.