| Amarasiri Dodangoda|
Sri Lankan Politician
Sri Lanka Freedom Party
H. G. Sirisena
| October 10, 1945 (age 70) (1945-10-10) |
Sri Lanka Freedom Party
United People's Freedom Alliance
Mahinda Rajapaksa, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Dinesh Gunawardena, Dullas Alahapperuma, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena Wikipedia
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena (born 10 October 1945) is a Sri Lankan politician and landed proprietor. He is currently serving as an Opposition MP in Sri Lanka Parliament. He's also a Vice Chairman of Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He first entered parliament in 1983 as the Hakmana UNP MP and has been active in politics for more than 30 years.
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana was a young MP when he openly criticized the 1987's Indo-Lanka agreement for new provincial councils system to be established in Sri Lanka. He along with Chandrakumara Wijegunawardana MP for Kamburupitiya Voted against the bill in Parliament becoming the only two government MPs who voted against. He was later removed by Hon. President J. R. Jayawardena from his Parliamentary seat for violation the party rules by not voting the bill.
He later joined hands with Gamini Dissanayake & Lalith Athulathmudali (whom were also against the Indo-lanka agreement) as they too quit United National Party and formed the Democratic United National Front or aka 'Rajaliya-front'. Mahinda yapa Abeywardana then contested for Southern Provincial Council under DUNF and won. He was then elected as the opposition leader of the Southern Provincial Council in 1993, and he became the Chief Minister of the Southern Provincial Council in 1994. Elected twice as the Chief Minister he was in office from 1994–2001. He is said to be one of the most successful Chief Ministers from south for developing the infrastructures that was neglected for more than 5 years due to the dark era of the country.
He left office to contest in 2001 general elections and become an opposition MP and served till 2004. After 2004 General elections, he became the deputy minister of Healthcare and later the Cabinet Minister for Cultural Affairs & National Heritage. After 2010 General Elections, He was Appointed as the Minister of Agriculture. Having been in office as the Minister of Agriculture for several years he was elected Vice Chairman at the 38th session of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations FAO Conference held in Rome, Italy in 2013. He was again appointed as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in 2015 for a brief period until he resigned and joined the opposition. He is a representative of Matara District for the United People's Freedom Alliance in the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He resides in Kalubowila, Dehiwala.