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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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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.