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Chamal Rajapaksa

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Preceded by  W. J. M. Lokubandara
Parents  D. A. Rajapaksa
Name  Chamal Rajapaksa

Nationality  Sri Lankan
Succeeded by  Karu Jayasuriya
Siblings  Mahinda Rajapaksa
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President  Maithripala Sirisena Mahinda Rajapaksa
Prime Minister  Ranil Wickremesinghe D. M. Jayaratne
Born  30 October 1942 (age 73) (1942-10-30)
Political party  Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Role  Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
Spouse  Chandra Malini Rajapaksa (m. 1975)
Children  Shasheendra Rajapaksa, Shamindra Rajapaksa
Nephews  Namal Rajapaksa, Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Rohitha Rajapaksa
Similar People  Mahinda Rajapaksa, D A Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa

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Early life and career

Rajapaksa was born in Palatuwa in the Southern District of Matara and raised in Medamulana in the District of Hambantota. He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa had his entire education at Richmond College, Galle. As a student he played Soccer for the School and was an Athlete. Having left school he joined the Public Service.

Public Service

Entered the Public Service of Sri Lanka as a Police Officer serving in the Police Force for more than eight years. Served the State Trading General Corporation as the Asst. General Manager before getting into active politics in 1985.

Political career

Contested the by-election held in 1985 for Mulkirigala Electorate.

Entered Parliament in 1989 as a Member of Parliament of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party representing Hambantota District. Has been a Member of Parliament continuously since 1989, retaining his seat in all elections held to date.

Prior to the present appointment as Speaker of the Parliament he has held the following portfolios.

  • Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Lands
  • Deputy Minister of Ports & Southern Development
  • Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries
  • Minister of Agricultural Development
  • Minister of Irrigation & Water Management
  • Minister of Ports & Aviation
  • Honorary titles

  • "Sri Lanka Janaseva Vibhushana"
  • Other positions held

  • President, Sri Lanka – Russia Parliamentary Friendship Association
  • President, Sri Lanka – Hungary Parliamentary Friendship Association
  • Chairman, District Development Committee, Hambantota (District Secretariat)
  • Chairman, Hambantota Development Foundation
  • References

    Chamal Rajapaksa Wikipedia

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