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Prime Minister marks 40 years of political life

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, marks 40 years of uninterrupted political life this year having entered the parliament in 1977.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe entered parliament as a young parliamentarian winning the Biyagama electorate repenting the United National Party at the general election on 21 July 1977.

He was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the new government of J. R. Jayewardene, and was soon promoted to the post of Minister of Youth Affairs and Employment, which made him the youngest cabinet minister of Sri Lanka.

Since then Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has held several ministerial portfolios and become the Leader of the United National Party before becoming Prime Minister for the first time in 1993. He held the post again in 2001 and 2015, before assuming office for a fourth time in 2016.

Several events have been planned to celebrate the Prime Minister’s significant achievements. A special parliamentary sitting has been organized on August 4 to mark the milestone in parliament.

The Prime Minister hosted a celebratory meeting today at Temple Trees for all members of the Biyagama UNP Central Committee in appreciation of the Biyagama electorate that provided opportunity to enter parliament and paid his gratitude to all supported him for his political path.

In celebration of 40 years after the UNP government of JR Jayawardene in 1977 introduced the free market policy revitalizing the economy, a special three day exhibition depicting the economic revolution will be held at the Youth Services Council in Maharagama.

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