Remains of Former Prime Minister, Late Hon. Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, lay-in-state in Parliament today, the 28th of December. His body was brought to the Assembly Hall in the Parliament complex, where last respects were paid by the Hon. Speaker, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Diplomats and staff of the Parliament Secretariat.
Mr. Wickramanayaka was a senior politician who had a total of more than 36 years of Parliamentary service. He was first elected to Parliament (House of Representatives) in 1960 from the Horana electorate, and went on to hold several portfolios in his political career. In addition to being appointed Prime Minister, he has also held several important ministerial portfolios such as Defence, Buddha Sasana, Public Administration, Plantations, etc. He was Leader of the House of Parliament from August 1994 to October 2000 and was Leader of the Opposition for a brief period from December 2001 to January 2002. He is the father of Member of Parliament Hon. Vidura Wickramanayaka.
The funeral of Mr. Wickramanayaka will take place with full state sponsorship on the 31st of December 2016.