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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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Mahinda Rajapaksa.jpg
Incumbent
Mahinda Rajapaksa

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

Mahinda Rajapaksa is the opposition leader, since 18 December 2018

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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

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

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