President

Ranil Wickremesinghe

 

Born: March 24, 1949 (age 73 years), Colombo
Spouse: Maithree Wickremesinghe (m. 1995)
Office: President of Sri Lanka since 2022
Party: United National Party
Siblings: Shan Wickramasinghe, Kshanika Wickremesinghe, Channa Wickremesinghe, Niraj Wickremesinghe

Ranil Wickremesinghe (Sinhala: රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ, Tamil: ரணில் விக்கிரமசிங்க; born 24 March 1949) is a Sri Lankan politician who is the current president of Sri Lanka since 21 July 2022. He also holds the position of Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka. He has been the leader of the centre-right United National Party since 1994. He served as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in five separate stints, leading six governments, from 1993 to 1994, 2001 to 2004, 2015 to 2018, 2018 to 2019, and in 2022. He also served as Leader of the Opposition from 1994 to 2001 and from 2004 to 2015.

Born to a wealthy political family, he graduated from University of Ceylon and qualified as an advocate from the Ceylon Law College in 1972. Entering active politics in the mid-1970s with the UNP, he was first elected to Parliament from the Biyagama electorate in the 1977 parliamentary elections and was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, by his uncle and President J. R. Jayewardene. He was thereafter appointed as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Employment, becoming the youngest cabinet minister in Sri Lanka.

 

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