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Leader of the Opposition (Sri Lanka)

The Leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka is the politician who leads the main opposition party. This is the leader of the largest party not within the government, usually the leader of the second largest party in the Parliament. The post of Leader of the Opposition is a political office common in countries that are part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Leader of the Opposition of Sri Lanka
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Incumbent
Mahinda Rajapaksa

since 18 December 2018
StyleThe Honourable
Inaugural holderN. M. Perera
Formation14 October 1947

Rani is the opposition leader, since 21 December 2019

Precedence and privilegesEdit

The Leader of the Opposition is ranked at the level of a Cabinet Minister in the order of precedence. In 2016, the Leader of the Opposition received a salary month and other entitlements of a Member of Parliament.[1] In addition, the opposition leader is entitled to an official residence, transport and security equal that of a Cabinet Minister.[2][3]

Leaders of the Opposition (1947–present)Edit

Parties

  United National Party   Sri Lanka Freedom Party   Lanka Sama Samaja Party   Tamil United Liberation Front   Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi   Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna

No.

(Terms)

Opposition Leader Term of office Political Party Government
Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Days
1   N. M. Perera
ඇන්. ඇම්. පෙරේරා
(1905-1979)
14 October 1947 8 April 1952 1638 Lanka Sama Samaja Party D. S. Senanayake
Dudley Senanayake
Office vacant 8 April 1952 9 June 1952 62
2   S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
එස්. ඩබ්. ආර්. ඩී. බණ්ඩාරනායක
(1899-1959)
9 June 1952 18 February 1956 1349 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
John Kotelawala
Office vacant 18 February 1956 19 April 1956 61
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
(1)   N. M. Perera
ඇන්. ඇම්. පෙරේරා
(1905-1979)
19 April 1956 5 December 1959 1325 Lanka Sama Samaja Party
Wijeyananda Dahanayake
Office vacant 5 December 1959 30 March 1960 116
Dudley Senanayake
3   C. P. de Silva
සී. පී. ද සිල්වා
(1912-1972)
30 March 1960 23 April 1960 24 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Office vacant 23 April 1960 5 August 1960 104
Sirimavo Bandaranayake
4   Dudley Senanayake
ඩඩ්ලි සේනානායක
(1911-1973)
5 August 1960 17 December 1964 1595 United National Party
Office vacant 17 December 1964 5 April 1965 109
Dudley Senanayake
5   Sirimavo Bandaranaike
සිරිමාවෝ බණ්ඩාරනායක
(1916-2000)
5 April 1965 25 March 1970 1815 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Office vacant 25 March 1970 7 June 1970 74
Sirimavo Bandaranayake
6   J. R. Jayewardene
ජේ. ආර්. ජයවර්ධන
(1906-1996)
7 June 1970 18 May 1977 2537 United National Party
Office vacant 18 May 1977 4 August 1977 78
J. R. Jayewardene
7   A. Amirthalingam
அப்பாப்பிள்ளை அமிர்தலிங்கம்
(1927-1989)
4 August 1977 24 October 1983 2272 Tamil United Liberation Front
Office vacant 24 October 1983 8 November 1983 15
8   Anura Bandaranaike
අනුර බණ්ඩාරනායක
(1949-2008)
8 November 1983 20 December 1988 1869 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Office vacant 20 December 1988 9 March 1989 79
Ranasinghe Premadasa
(5)   Sirimavo Bandaranaike
සිරිමාවෝ බණ්ඩාරනායක
(1916-2000)
9 March 1989 24 June 1994 1902 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
Office vacant 24 June 1994 25 August 1994 62
9   Gamini Dissanayake
ගාමිණි දිසානායක
(1942-1994)
25 August 1994 24 October 1994 60 United National Party
Office vacant 24 October 1994 28 October 1994 4
10   Ranil Wickremesinghe
රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ
(b. 1949)
28 October 1994 10 October 2001 2549 United National Party
Chandrika Kumaratunga
Office vacant 10 October 2001 18 December 2001 69
11   Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
රත්නසිරි වික්‍රමනායක
(1933-2016)
18 December 2001 31 January 2002 378 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Office vacant 31 January 2002 6 February 2002 6
12   Mahinda Rajapaksa
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ
(b. 1945)
6 February 2002 7 February 2004 730 Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Office vacant 7 February 2004 22 April 2004 75
(10)   Ranil Wickremesinghe
රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ
(b. 1949)
22 April 2004 9 January 2015 3914 United National Party 17th
Mahinda Rajapaksa 18th
Office vacant 9 January 2015 16 January 2015 7 Maithripala Sirisena
13   Nimal Siripala de Silva
නිමල් සිරිපාල ද සිල්වා
(b. 1944)
16 January 2015 26 June 2015 130 Sri Lanka Freedom Party 18th
Office vacant 26 June 2015 3 September 2015 69
14   R. Sampanthan
இரா. சம்பந்தன்
(b. 1933)
3 September 2015 18 December 2018 1202 Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi 19th
(12)   Mahinda Rajapaksa
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ
(b. 1945)
18 December 2018 Incumbent 338 Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna

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