Written by Staff Writer
09 Mar, 2016 | 7:16 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena has emphasised that all must work together in order to battle the chronic kidney disease that had claimed many lives across the country.
The president notes that when implementing the government’s programme to battle chronic kidney disease, all must work with understanding and unity. Today, President Maithripala Sirisena completes 27 years in Parliament.
In 1989, Maithripala Sirisena, for the first time contested in the general elections, became a Member of Parliament and took oaths as an MP on March 9 that year. Following the General Elections of 1994, he was made the Deputy Minister for Irrigation.
In 1997 he was offered the Cabinet Ministerial portfolio of Mahaweli Development and Parliamentary Affairs and was elected as the General Secretary of the SLFP in 2001.
In 2004, he was also appointed Leader of the House of Parliament. In 2005 he was given the portfolios of the Cabinet Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Mahaweli Development and the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources.
Since 2005, at the height of the war in Sri Lanka, Minister Maithripala Sirisena functioned as the Acting Defence Minister of Sri Lanka on nine occasions. He was the acting defence minister in the final days of the war in Sri Lanka in the absence of the defence minister, the then President.
Then Minister Maithripala Sirisena, was elected once again to parliament in 2010 and was appointed Cabinet Minister of Health. Bidding farewell to that position, he contested the presidential election held on January 8, 2015 as the common candidate and was elected the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka.
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