A closer look at the political lives of PM Wickremesinghe and Minister Amaratunga

A closer look at the political lives of PM Wickremesinghe and Minister Amaratunga

Written by Bella Dalima

15 Jan, 2015 | 10:05 pm

Let us take a look at the lives of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister John Amaratunga.

Ranil Wickremesinghe was born on March 24, and is a product of Royal College, Colombo.

An attorney by profession, Ranil Wickremesinghe made his debut in Parliament in 1977 and boasts of a political career spanning over three decades with both wins and losses.

Wickremesinghe has held the portfolios of deputy minister, minister, leader of the house and the post of prime minister on two occasions.

Ranil Wickremesinghe who holds the position of Prime Minister today and the Portfolio of Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development is considered to be one of the most mature politicians in the country.

01. Has more than tw tenures of parliamentary experience? Yes

02. Has over a 50 percent vote percentage in the District? Yes

68.56% ( 232,957 votes )

03. Held a ministerial or deputy ministerial portfolio? Yes

04. Never crossed-over to another party? Yes

05. Possesses a Higher Educational Qualification ? Yes

John Anthony Emmanuel Amaratunga was born on  May 21, 1940 and received his education at De Mazenod College, Kandana and St. Joseph’s College, Gampaha.

An Attorney by profession, Amaratunga entered active politics through the United National Party in 1956. He made his debut in Parliament in 1978 through the Wattala Electorate and since 1988 has held several ministerial portfolios.

Having chaired a number of parliamentary committees and having held the Post of Chief Opposition Whip, John Anthony Emmanuel Amaratunga is a senior of the United National Party.

01. Has more than two tenures of parliamentary experiences ? Yes

02. Vote percentage in the district? 19.63% ( 2010 )

03. Held a ministerial or deputy ministerial portfolio? Yes

04. Never crossed-over to another party? Yes

05. Possesses a higher educational qualification ? Yes

 

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