Famous Sri Lankan Leaders

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Mahinda Rajapaksa
(President of Sri Lanka)
Mahinda Rajapaksa
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Birthdate: November 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weeraketiya
The highlight of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political career as the Sri Lankan president was ending the 30-year-old civil war with the Tamil Tigers. The Freedom Party member lost the 2015 election but came back to power as the leader of the Sri Lanka People's Front, becoming the country’s prime minister. 
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Sirimavo Bandaranaike
(Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960 - 1965, 1970 - 1977, 1994 - 2000))
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
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Birthdate: April 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mahawalathenna, Sri Lanka
Died: October 10, 2000
Sirimavo Bandaranaike served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka and was the world's first female prime minister. She was initially married to prime minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and participated in charitable work for rural women. She joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party after her husband’s assassination.
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Maithripala Sirisena
(President of Sri Lanka)
Maithripala Sirisena
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Birthdate: September 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sri Lanka

Former president of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, son of a World War II veteran, first stepped into politics with the Ceylon Communist Party and then led the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. A probe into the 2019 church bombings in Sri Lanka found he had ignored prior hints about the attack.

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Ranil Wickremasinghe
(10th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)
Ranil Wickremasinghe
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Birthdate: March 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was born into a family of print media moguls and grew up to become an advocate. The United National Party leader had also been in the news for his rounds of peace talks with the LTTE. He is married to academic Maitree Wickremasinghe.

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Chandrika Kumaratunga
(5th President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005))
Chandrika Kumaratunga
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Birthdate: June 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Chandrika Kumaratunga is a Sri Lankan politician who became the first female president when she was elected as the president of Sri Lanka in 1994. Having served as the president from 1994 to 2005, Kumaratunga is the only female Sri Lankan president to date. She also served as the head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party from 1994 to 2006. 

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Ranasinghe Premadasa
(Third President of Sri Lanka)
Ranasinghe Premadasa
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Birthdate: June 23, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died: May 1, 1993

Ranasinghe Premadasa was a Sri Lankan politician who served as the third president of Sri Lanka from 1989 to 1993. Before serving as the president, Premadasa served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka from 1978 to 1989. In 1986, he became the first Sri Lankan to receive the prestigious Sri Lankabhimanya, the country's highest civilian award.

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Arul Pragasam
(Former activist who had a part in forming the group Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS) in January 1975)
Arul Pragasam
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Birthdate: April 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: affna, Sri Lanka
Died: December 3, 2019
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C. W. W. Kannangara
(Diplomat, Politician)
C. W. W. Kannangara
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Birthdate: October 13, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: September 23, 1969
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D. S. Senanayake
(First Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)
D. S. Senanayake
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Birthdate: October 20, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mirigama
Died: March 22, 1952

Sri Lanka’s first prime minister, D. S. Senanayake, was the son of a plantation owner and graphite miner and was raised as a devout Buddhist. An amateur cricketer in school, he later took to rubber planting and formed the cooperative-society movement. He rejected the honor of a knighthood.

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J. R. Jayewardene
(2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-1989), 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-1978))
J. R. Jayewardene
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Birthdate: September 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died: November 1, 1996

J. R. Jayewardene was a Sri Lankan politician and leader. He served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka from 1977 to 1978 and then went on to serve as the country's second president from 1978 to 1989. A controversial figure, Jayewardene's actions have been recognized as a contributing factor to the commencement of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

Velupillai Prabhakaran
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Birthdate: November 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valvettithurai
Died: May 19, 2009
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Sarath Fonseka
(Politician)
Sarath Fonseka
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Birthdate: December 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ambalangoda
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Ranjan Ramanayake
(Actor, Politician)
Ranjan Ramanayake
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Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Negombo, Sri Lanka
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J.B. Jeyaretnam
(Politician)
J.B. Jeyaretnam
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Birthdate: January 5, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: September 30, 2008
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Rosy Senanayake
(Politician, Activist)
Rosy Senanayake
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Birthdate: January 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Malini Fonseka
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Birthdate: April 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Peliyagoda, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
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Vijaya Kumaratunga
(Singer, Actor)
Vijaya Kumaratunga
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Birthdate: October 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka
Died: February 16, 1988
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Henry Montgomery Lawrence
(Military officer)
Henry Montgomery Lawrence
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Birthdate: June 28, 1806
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Matara, Sri Lanka
Died: July 4, 1857
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Vanushi Walters
(Politician)
Vanushi Walters
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Birthdate: 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
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Anarkali Akarsha
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Birthdate: July 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Thileepan
(Revolutionary)
Thileepan
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Birthdate: November 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Died: September 26, 1987
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Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
(President of Sri Lanka)
Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
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Birthdate: February 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Polgahanga, Sri Lanka
Died: September 21, 2008
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Gamini Fonseka
(Politician, Actor)
Gamini Fonseka
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Birthdate: March 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
Died: September 30, 2004
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Upeksha Swarnamali
(Former Member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Actress)
Upeksha Swarnamali
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Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuwait
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Ravindra Randeniya
(Actor, Politician)
Ravindra Randeniya
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Birthdate: June 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dalugama, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
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Jeewan Kumaranatunga
(Politician, Actor)
Jeewan Kumaranatunga
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Birthdate: November 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seeduwa, Sri Lanka
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Pavithra Wanniarachchi
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Birthdate: November 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
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Udaya Gammanpila
(Politician)
Udaya Gammanpila
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Birthdate: February 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nawalapitiya, Sri Lanka
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Neelan Tiruchelvam
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Birthdate: January 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: July 29, 1999
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Adeline Molamure
(Politician)
Adeline Molamure
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Birthdate: 1890 AD
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: 1977 AD
Sri Lanka maybe a small island country in South Asia but that doesn’t mean it is unimportant. The country, popularly known as the tear drop of India due to its shape, is the largest exporter of tea in the world. Did you know that cinnamon which you so fondly use in your daily food owes its roots in Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka’s deep harbours and its strategic geographic location made it an important seat during the World War II. It has a high human development index. Much of that has been possible due to its leaders who have played a quintessential role in putting Sri Lanka as one of the most important countries in the world map. Prior to the current presidential system, Sri Lanka had a parliamentary system until 1978. The Prime Minister was vested with executive powers while the role of the President was largely ceremonial. However, in 1978, the constitution changes introduced by J.R Jayewardene empowered President with executive powers, thus making the position of the Prime Minister nominal. Jayewardene presided over Sri Lankan governmental affairs for more than ten years before being taken over by Ranasinghe Premadasa who was later assassinated. Chandrika Kumaratunga was the first female President to serve the country from 1994 until 2005. Maithripala Sirisena currently serves as the President of Sri Lanka. Check this section to know more about famous Sri Lankan leaders.