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Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka

Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
Coat of Arms of Sri Lanka
Chamal Rajapaksa

since 22 April 2010
Inaugural holder Alfred Francis Molamure
Formation 7 July 1931
Succession Second in the
presidential line of succession
Website Speaker of Parliament
Coat of arms of Sri Lanka, showing a lion holding a sword in its right forepaw surrounded by a ring made from blue lotus petals which is placed on top of a grain vase sprouting rice grains to encircle it. A Dharmacakra is on the top while a sun and moon are at the bottom on each side of the vase.
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Sri Lanka
The Speakers Residence

The Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka is the presiding officer of the chamber. The Speaker fulfills a number of important functions in relation to the operation the House, which is based upon the British Westminster Parliamentary system. The office was established in 1947. The current Speaker of the Parliament is Chamal Rajapaksa who is also the older brother of current President Mahinda Rajapaksa.[1]

List of Speakers of Parliament


      Sri Lanka Freedom Party       United National Party       Independent       Governors of British Ceylon

# Portrait Name Party Tenure Head(s) of Government
Speakers of the State Council (1931–1947)
1 Alfred Francis Molamure United National Party 7 July 1931 – 10 December 1934 Graeme Thomson
Francis Graeme Tyrrell
Reginald Edward Stubbs
2 Forester Augustus Obeysekera Independent 11 December 1934 – 7 December 1935 Reginald Edward Stubbs
3 Waithilingam Duraiswamy Independent 17 March 1936 – 4 July 1947 Reginald Edward Stubbs
Maxwell MacLagan Wedderburn
Andrew Caldecott
Henry Monck-Mason Moore
Speakers of the Ceylonese House of Representatives (1947–1972)
4 Alfred Francis Molamure United National Party 14 October 1947 – 25 January 1951 Henry Monck-Mason Moore
D. S. Senanayake
5 Albert Peries United National Party 13 February 1951 – 18 February 1956 D. S. Senanayake
Dudley Senanayake
John Kotelawala
6 Hameed Hussain Sheikh Ismail Independent 19 April 1956 – 5 December 1959 John Kotelawala
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
Wijeyananda Dahanayake
7 Tikiri Banda Subasinghe Sri Lanka Freedom Party 30 March 1960 – 23 April 1960 Dudley Senanayake
8 R. S. Pelpola Sri Lanka Freedom Party 5 August 1960 – 24 January 1964 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
9 Hugh Fernando Sri Lanka Freedom Party 24 January 1964 – 17 December 1964
10 Albert Peries United National Party 5 April 1965 – 21 September 1967 Dudley Senanayake
11 Shirley Corea United National Party 27 September 1967 – 25 March 1970
12 Stanley Tillekeratne Sri Lanka Freedom Party 7 June 1970 – 22 May 1972 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Speakers of the National State Assembly (1972–1978)
12 Stanley Tillekeratne Sri Lanka Freedom Party 22 May 1972 – 18 May 1977 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
13 Anandatissa de Alwis United National Party 4 August 1977 – 7 September 1978 J. R. Jayewardene
Speakers of the Sri Lankan Parliament (1978–present)
13 Anandatissa de Alwis United National Party 7 September 1978 – 13 September 1978 J. R. Jayewardene
14 Bakeer Markar United National Party 21 September 1978 – 30 August 1983
15 E. L. Senanayake E. L. Senanayake United National Party 6 September 1983 – 20 December 1988
16 M. H. Mohamed United National Party 9 March 1989 – 24 June 1994 Ranasinghe Premadasa
Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
17 Kiri Banda Ratnayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party 25 August 1994 – 10 October 2000 Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
Chandrika Kumaratunga
18 Anura Bandaranaike Anura Bandaranaike United National Party 18 October 2000 – 10 October 2001 Chandrika Kumaratunga
19 M. Joseph Michael Perera United National Party 19 December 2001 – 7 February 2004
20 W. J. M. Lokubandara W. J. M. Lokubandara United National Party 22 April 2004 – 8 April 2010 Chandrika Kumaratunga
Mahinda Rajapaksa
21 Chamal Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Freedom Party 22 April 2010 – Present Mahinda Rajapaksa

See also


  1. ^ "Speakers". Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 

External links

  • Speaker of Parliament
  • Speaker of the Seventh Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
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