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Maithripala Sirisena

Maithripala Sirisena
මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන
21st Minister of Health
In office
23 April 2010 – 21 November 2014
Preceded by Nimal Siripala de Silva
Minister of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services [N 1]
In office
23 November 2005 – 23 April 2010
Succeeded by Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena
Leader of the House
In office
3 May 2004 – 9 August 2005
Preceded by W. J. M. Lokubandara
Succeeded by Nimal Siripala de Silva
Minister of Irrigation, Mahaweli and Rajarata Development[N 2]
In office
10 April 2004 – 23 November 2005
7th Mahaweli Development and Parliamentary Affairs
In office
Preceded by S. B. Dissanayake
Succeeded by A. H. M. Azwer
General-Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party
In office
October 2001 – 21 November 2014
Preceded by S. B. Dissanayake
Succeeded by Anura Priyadharshana Yapa
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Polonnaruwa District
Assumed office
15 February 1989
Personal details
Born (1951-09-03) 3 September 1951
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party (1967-2014)
New Democratic Front (2014-present)
Spouse(s) Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari
Children 3
Residence 417 Ambaraluwa South, Weliweriya
Alma mater Sri Lanka School of Agriculture, Kundasale
Maxim Gorky Literature Institute
Occupation Farmer
Profession Agriculturist
Religion Buddhist
Ethnicity Sinhalese
Website .lkmaithripalasirisena

Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena (known as Maithripala Sirisena; Sinhala: මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන; Tamil: மைத்திரிபால சிறிசேன; born 3 September 1951) is a Sri Lankan politician and a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He joined mainstream politics in 1989 and has held several ministries since 1994. He was the general-secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and was Minister of Health until November 2014 when he announced his candidacy for the 2015 presidential election as the opposition coalition's "common candidate".


  • Early life and family 1
  • Career 2
    • Politics 2.1
    • Presidential candidate 2.2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and family

Sirisena was born on 3 September 1951.[1] He was the son of World War II veteran Albert Sirisena, who was awarded five acres of paddy land in Polonnaruwa near Parakrama Samudra by D. S. Senanayake.[2] He was educated at Royal College, Polonnaruwa.[2][3] He studied for three years at the Sri Lanka School of Agriculture, Kundasale. In 1980 he earned a Diploma in Political science at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Russia.[4][5]


Sirisena worked at the Palugasdamana Multi Purpose Cooperative Society and also as a grama sevaka (village officer).[4]


As a teenager Sirisena became interested in

  • .lkmaithripalasirisena

External links

  1. ^ "Directory of Members: Sirisena, Maithripala".  
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gunewardene, Prasad (25 September 2007). "'Mangala, Sripathi, JVP and UPFA'".  
  3. ^ "Enter Maithripala Sirisena".  
  4. ^ a b c d Warnapala, Wiswa (15 February 2009). "Maitripala Sirisena: An embodiment of aspirations of common man".  
  5. ^ Sirisena, Maithripala. "Biography". Maithripala Sirisena. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1989". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  7. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1994". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  8. ^ Ferdinando, Shamindra (17 September 2000). """Jayakody denies rift over National List, says "I’ll remain with CBK.  
  9. ^ "SB at the helm ahead of polls".  
  10. ^ "Dissnayake is General Secretary of SLFP".  
  11. ^ "General Election 2000 Preferences". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  12. ^ "New cabinet sworn in today". Current Affairs. Government of Sri Lanka. 19 October 2000. 
  13. ^ Jabbar, Zacki (9 October 2001). "Chandrika moots proposal at Central Committee meeting".  
  14. ^ "General Election 2001 Preferences". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  15. ^ "SLFP-JVP alliance signed in Colombo".  
  16. ^ "General Election 2004 Preferences". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  17. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President".  
  18. ^ "The new UPFA Cabinet".  
  19. ^ "JVP boycotts UPFA cabinet swearing in ceremony".  
  20. ^ "Leaders of the House".  
  21. ^ "President retains Defence, takes Education and Constitutional Reforms".  
  22. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications NOTIFICATION".  
  23. ^ "New Ministers take oath".  
  24. ^ "Leader of the House of Sri Lanka parliament resigns".  
  25. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President".  
  26. ^ "Mangala Samaraweera appointed new SL Foreign Minister".  
  27. ^ "SL Minister's Personal Secy shot dead in Polannaruwa".  
  28. ^ "The New Cabinet".  
  29. ^ "New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in". Current Affairs. The Official Website of the Government of Sri Lanka. 
  30. ^ "Minister Maithripala Sirisena escapes suicide bomb attack, deputy minister injured".  
  31. ^ Ferdinando, Shamindra; Palihawadana, Norman (10 October 2008). "Was suicide bomber’s target the President or PM? One killed, two injured in attack on Convoy".  
  32. ^ "Bomb attack targets Sri Lankan minister in Colombo".  
  33. ^ "Parliamentary General Election - 2010 Polonnuaruwa Preferences". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  34. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President".  
  35. ^ "Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Affairs Minister is G.L.Peiris".  
  36. ^ "Are you the common candidate?-Maithripala asked".  
  37. ^ "I'm the common candidate: Maithripala".  
  38. ^ "Sri Lanka election: Health chief to challenge Rajapaksa".  
  39. ^ "Sri Lankan minister quits, to challenge Rajapaksa for presidency".  
  40. ^ Bastians, Dharisha (22 November 2014). "No Maithri for Mahinda".  
  41. ^ Mallawarachi, Bharatha (21 November 2014). "Sri Lanka leader to face health minister in polls".  
  42. ^ Srinivasan, Meera (22 November 2014). "Chandrika returns to politics".  
  43. ^ "Maithripala named common candidate".  
  44. ^ Dalima, Bella (21 November 2014). "I am the common candidate: Maithripala Sirisena".  
  45. ^ "Chandrika, Rajitha, Arjuna, Rajeeva, M K D S and Dumindha Dissanayaka join Maithripala". Hiru News. 21 November 2014. 
  46. ^ Dalima, Bella (21 November 2014). "UNP to extend their support to Maithirpala Sirisena".  
  47. ^ "Maithripala and others sacked".  
  48. ^ "SLFP rebels stripped of posts and party membership".  
  49. ^ "Sri Lanka Presidential Election Set for January 8 Next Year".  
  50. ^ "Sirisena’s security, vehicles withdrawn".  
  51. ^ "Security squadron of former Minister Maithripala Sirisena reduced- Police Media Spokesman".  


  1. ^ Agriculture, Environment, Irrigation and Mahaweli Development (November 2005 - January 2007)
  2. ^ Minister of River Basin Development and Rajarata Development (April 2004 - July 2005)


Following the announcement Sirisena, along with several other ministers who supported him, were stripped of their ministerial positions and expelled from the SLFP.[47][48][49] His ministerial security and vehicles were also withdrawn.[50][51]

Sirisena has received the support of the UNP, the main opposition party, as well as former president Chandrika Kumaratunga and several UPFA MPs that had defected alongside him (Duminda Dissanayake, M. K. D. S. Gunawardena, Wasantha Senanayake, Rajitha Senaratne, Rajiva Wijesinha).[43][44][45][46]

Following days of speculation in the media, Sirisena announced on 21 November 2014 that he would challenge incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2015 presidential election as the common opposition candidate.[36][37] Sirisena claimed that everything in Sri Lanka was controlled by one family and that the country was heading towards a dictatorship with rampant corruption, nepotism and a breakdown of the rule of law.[38][39] He has pledged to abolish the executive presidency within 100 days of being elected, repeal the controversial eighteenth amendment, re-instate the seventeenth amendment and appoint UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister.[40][41][42]

Presidential candidate

Sirisena was re-elected at the 2010 parliamentary election and was appointed Minister of Health in April 2010.[33][34][35]

Sirisena narrowly escaped death on 9 October 2008 when a convoy he was part of was attacked by a suicide bomber at Piriwena Junction in Boralesgamuwa, Colombo.[30][31] One person was killed and seven injured.[32]

After the 2005 presidential election newly-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed Sirisena Minister of Agriculture, Environment, Irrigation and Mahaweli Development in November 2005.[25][26] On 27 March 2006 Sirisena's personal secretary M. L. Dharmasiri was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Aranangawila.[27] Following a cabinet reshuffle in January 2007 he was appointed Minister of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services Development by President Rajapaksa.[28][29]

In January 2004 the SLFP joined forced with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna to form a political alliance called the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).[15] Sirisena was re-elected at the 2004 parliamentary election as a UPFA candidate.[16] President Kumaratunga appointed him Minister of River Basin Development and Rajarata Development in the new UPFA government in April 2004.[17][18][19] He was also appointed Leader of the House.[20][21] Sirisena's ministerial portfolio was re-named as Minister of Irrigation, Mahaweli and Rajarata Development in July 2005.[22][23] He resigned as Leader of the House in August 2005.[24]

Sirisena contested the 1989 parliamentary election as one of the SLFP's candidates in Polonnaruwa District and was elected to Parliament.[6] He was re-elected at the 1994 parliamentary election, this time as a People's Alliance (PA) candidate.[7] He was appointed Deputy Minister of Irrigation in the new PA government led by Chandrika Kumaratunga.[2] President Kumaratunga promoted him to the Cabinet in 1997, appointing him Minister of Mahaweli Development.[2] In August 2000 Sirisena tried to become general-secretary of the SLFP but was beaten by S. B. Dissanayake.[8][9] Sirisena was instead appointed one the Deputy Presidents of SLFP.[10] He was re-elected to Parliament at the 2000 parliamentary election and retained his ministerial portfolio.[11][12] He became general-secretary of the SLFP in October 2001 following Dissanayake's defection to the United National Party (UNP).[13] He was re-elected at the 2001 parliamentary election but the PA lost the election and so Sirisena lost his ministerial position.[14]


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