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List of famous politicians from Sri Lanka, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of popular Sri Lanka politicians includes members of the government who are either active or inactive, some of who might even now be dead. These are some of the most well-known Sri Lanka politicians of all time, so if you're a native of Sri Lanka and want to work for your country then these are the people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular politician from Sri Lanka, then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan and E. W. Perera are included on this list.

You can click on the names of these renowned politicians of Sri Lanka in order to get more information about each one.

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A. Amirthalingam is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
A. Amirthalingam Died at 62 (1927-1989) Appapillai Amirthalingam was a leading Sri Lankan Tamil politician, Member of Parliament and Leader of the Opposition. Amirthalingam was assassinated by the Tamil Tigers.

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A. D. Champika Premadasa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
A. D. Champika Premadasa age 70 Abathenna Devayalage Champika Premadasa is a Sri Lankan politician and a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

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A. Ekanayake Gunasinha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
A. Ekanayake Gunasinha Died at 76 (1891-1967) Alexander Ekanayake Gunasinha was a pioneering trade union leader known as the "Father of the Labour Movement" in Sri Lanka. He was the founder of the Ceylon Labor Party, Sri Lanka's ...more

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A. H. M. Azwer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
A. H. M. Azwer A.H.M. Azwer is a Sri Lankan politician, and a National List member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He was a minister of Muslim Affairs

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A. H. M. Fowzie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
A. H. M. Fowzie age 81 A. Abdul Hameed Mohamed Fowzie is a Sri Lankan politician, a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a government minister. He was injured while walking with a crowd in the Akuressa suicide ...more

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A. L. Abdul Majeed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
A. L. Abdul Majeed Died at 55 (1932-1987) Abdul Latiff Abdul Majeed was a Ceylonese politician and Member of Parliament.

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A. L. M. Athaullah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
A. L. M. Athaullah age 61 Ahamed Lebbe Maraikkar Athaullah is a Sri Lankan politician. He is a representative of Ampara for the United People's Freedom Alliance in the Parliament of Sri Lanka, and was the Minister of ...more

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A. P. Jagath Pushpakumara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
A. P. Jagath Pushpakumara age 55 Arukathu Patabendige Jagath Pushpakumara is a Sri Lankan politician, a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a government minister.

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A. R. M. Abdul Cader is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
A. R. M. Abdul Cader age 82 Abdul Rahim Mohideen Abdul Cader is a Sri Lankan politician and businessman. He is a representative of Kandy District for the United National Party in the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He was ...more

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Abeyratne Ratnayaka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Abeyratne Ratnayaka Abeyratne Ratnayaka was a Sri Lankan politician. He was the first Cabinet Minister of Food, Co-operatives and Home Affairs in independent Ceylon and the last President of the Senate of Ceylon, a ...more

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Ahmed Hussain Macan Markar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Ahmed Hussain Macan Markar Died at 92 (1893-1985) Ahmed Hussain Macan Markar was a Ceylonese lawyer, politician and philanthropist. He was a former Member of parliament and a deputy mayor of Colombo. Born to Sir Mohamed Macan Markar, he was ...more

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Ajith Nivard Cabraal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Ajith Nivard Cabraal age 64 Ajith Nivard Cabraal is the former governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, having resigned his post on 9th January 2015.

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Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake is a Sri Lankan politician and current Governor of the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. She was former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a former government ...more

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Anil Moonesinghe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Anil Moonesinghe Died at 75 (1927-2002) Anil Moonesinghe was a Sri Lankan Trotskyist revolutionary politician and trade unionist. He became a member of parliament, a Cabinet Minister, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and a diplomat. ...more

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Anura Bandaranaike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Anura Bandaranaike Died at 59 (1949-2008) Anura Priyadarshi Solomon Dias Bandaranaike was a Sri Lankan politician, served as Speaker, and in several cabinet ministries as Foreign Minister briefly in 2005, Minister of Higher Education, ...more

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Anura Priyadharshana Yapa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Anura Priyadharshana Yapa age 59 Anura Priyadharshana Yapa MP is the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He was also Sri Lanka's former Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and a Member of Parliament representing the ...more

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Anuruddha Ratwatte is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Anuruddha Ratwatte Died at 73 (1938-2011) General Anuruddha Leuke Ratwatte, known as "Anuruddha Ratwatte", was a Sri Lankan politician and Cabinet Minister. He had also served as the Acting Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of

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Arjuna Ranatunga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Arjuna Ranatunga age 55 Arjuna Ranatunga is a Sri Lankan politician, former international cricketer and cricket administrator. He served as the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team for much of the 1990s, and the team ...more

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Arumugam Thondaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Arumugam Thondaman age 54 Savumiamoorthy Arumugan Ramanathan Thondaman, MP is the current Cabinet Minister of Livestock and Rural Community Development and the grandson of Prominent Unionist Saumyamoorthi Thondaman in ...more

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Arunachalam Mahadeva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Arunachalam Mahadeva Died at 84 (1885-1969) Sir Arunachalam Mahadeva, KCMG was a Sri Lankan, prominent colonial era legislator and diplomat. He was Minister of Home Affaires of the State Council and Ceylon's High Commissioner to India. ...more

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Asoka Girihagama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Asoka Girihagama age 60 Asoka Girihagama is the current Ambassador to Oman. Prior to the appointment he was a Director General for the Sri Lanka Overseas Service.

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Asoka Karunaratne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Asoka Karunaratne Died at 72 (1916-1988) N. H. Asoka Mahanama Karunaratne was a Sri Lankan politician and philanthropist. As Cabinet Minister of Social Services, he dedicated most of his life to empowering the underprivileged people in ...more

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Athauda Seneviratne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Athauda Seneviratne Athauda Seneviratne is a Sri Lankan politician and a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

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Athula Wijesinghe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Athula Wijesinghe Athula Wijesinghe is the Sri Lanka's Chief Minister of North Western Province. He is a Lawyer by profession & was educated at Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and Nalanda College Colombo.

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Athuraliye Rathana Thero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Athuraliye Rathana Thero Athuraliye Rathana Thero is a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, politician and a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

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Bandula Gunawardane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Bandula Gunawardane age 65 Sumithra Arachchige Don Bandula Chandrasiri Gunawardane is a Sri Lankan politician, a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a government minister.

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Basheer Segu Dawood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Basheer Segu Dawood age 58 Basheer Segu Dawood is a Sri Lankan politician and Member of Parliament. Basheer Segu Dawood started his political career with EROS militants and contested his first parliament election in 1989 ...more

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Basil Rajapaksa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Basil Rajapaksa Basil Rohana Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan politician and member of parliament for the Gampaha District. He was the previous National organizer of Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Former Cabinet Minister ...more

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Buddhika Kurukularatne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Buddhika Kurukularatne age 75 Daluwatte Hewa Buddhika Kurukularatne is a Journalist, author lawyer and Sri Lankan politician. He was a former representative of Galle District for the United National Party in the Parliament ...more

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C. B. Rathnayake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
C. B. Rathnayake age 60 Ratnayake Mudiyanselage Chandrasiri Bandara Ratnayake is a Sri Lankan politician, a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a government minister.

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C. W. W. Kannangara is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
C. W. W. Kannangara Died at 85 (1884-1969) Christopher William Wijekoon Kannangara was a Sri Lankan lawyer and politician. Rising up the ranks of Sri Lanka's movement for independence in the early part of the 20th century, he became the ...more

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Chamal Rajapaksa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Chamal Rajapaksa age 76 Chamal Jayantha Rajapaksa is the current Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and former Cabinet Minister of Ports & Aviation and Irrigation & Water Management. He hails from a well ...more

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Chandima Weerakkody is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Chandima Weerakkody age 50 Chandima Weerakkody MP is a Member of Parliament representing the Galle District. He is also the Deputy Speaker of current parliament in Sri Lanka. He is a Lawyer by profession & was ...more

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Chandrani Bandara Jayasinghe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Chandrani Bandara Jayasinghe age 56 Chandrani Bandara Jayasinghe is a Sri Lankan politician and a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

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Chandrasiri Gajadeera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Chandrasiri Gajadeera age 72 Chandrasiri Gajadeera is a Sri Lankan politician, a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and Minister of Rehabilitation and Prisons

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Chandrika Kumaratunga is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Chandrika Kumaratunga age 73 Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga was the fifth President of Sri Lanka, who served from 12 November 1994 to 19 November 2005. The country's only female president to date, she is the daughter of ...more

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Claude Corea is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Claude Corea Died at 68 (1894-1962) Sir George Claude Stanley Corea was a Sri Lankan politician and diplomat.

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Colvin R. de Silva is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Colvin R. de Silva Died at 80 (1907-1987) Colvin Reginald de Silva was a former Cabinet Minister of Plantation Industries and Constitutional Affairs, prominent member of parliament, Trotskyist leader and lawyer in Sri Lanka. He was one ...more

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Cyril de Zoysa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Cyril de Zoysa Died at 82 (1896-1978) Sir Cyril de Zoysa was a Sri Lankan industrialist, Senator and a philanthropist. The President of the Senate of Ceylon from 1960 to 1965, he was a leader in the Buddhist revival movement in ...more

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D. A. Rajapaksa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
D. A. Rajapaksa Died at 61 (1906-1967) Don Alwin Rajapaksa was a Sri Lankan politician and Member of Parliament, who represented the Beliatta electorate in Hambantota district from 1947 to 1965. A founding member of Sri Lanka Freedom ...more

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D. E. W. Gunasekera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
D. E. W. Gunasekera age 83 Don Edwin Weerasinghe Gunasekera is a Sri Lankan politician, a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a government minister. He received his education from Rahula College Matara

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D. M. Jayaratne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
D. M. Jayaratne age 87 Disanayaka Mudiyanselage Jayaratne known as D. M. "Di Mu" Jayaratne is a veteran Sri Lankan politician who was Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 2010 to 2015. A founding member of the ...more

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D. M. Swaminathan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
D. M. Swaminathan age 73 Deva Manoharan Swaminathan is a Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer, politician and cabinet minister.

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D.S. Senanayake is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
D.S. Senanayake Died at 70 (1882-1952) Don Stephen Senanayake, PC was the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. He emerged as the leader of the Sri Lankan independence movement that led to the establishment of self-rule in Sri Lanka. He ...more

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Daya Perera is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Daya Perera Lt. Colonel Daya Perera, PC was a Sri Lankan diplomat and lawyer, who was the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to the United Nations in New York City.

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Dayasiri Jayasekara is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Dayasiri Jayasekara age 49 Jayasekara Pathirannahelage Dayasiri Pathmakumara Jayasekara is a Sri Lankan politician. He is the sixth and current Chief Minister of North Western Province.

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Dayasritha Thissera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Dayasritha Thissera age 52 Anton Dayasritha Thissera is a Sri Lankan politician, a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a government minister.

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Dharmasena Attygalle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Dharmasena Attygalle age 93 Dr Dharmasena Attygalle was a MP in Sri Lanka's parliament from 1972 to 1983. He was Deputy Minister of Health and Minister of Indigenous Medicine representing the Kesbewa seat. He was appointed ...more

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Dilan Perera is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Dilan Perera age 56 Boddhiya Baduge Dilan Priyanjan Anslam Perera, MP is the former Sri Lankan Non-Cabinet Minister of Port Development. He is a Member of Parliament for Badulla District and former Deputy Minister ...more

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Dimuthu Bandara Abayakoon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Politicians from Sri Lanka
Dimuthu Bandara Abayakoon age 47 Dimuthu Bandara Abayakoon is a Sri Lankan politician, belonging to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. In the 2004 election he was elected as a representative of Kandy District in the Parliament of ...more