Dinesh Gunawardena appointed as Prime Minister


Dinesh Gunwardena was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister a short while ago, in the presence of the President Ranil Wickremesinghe  at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo.

Dinesh Gunawardena was born on 2nd March 1949, had his education at  Royal College, Colombo. He received a Diploma in International Business from the Nijenrode Business University, Netherlands and a BBA degree in Business Administration and International Transport from the University of Oregon, USA.

Mr Gunawardena entered politics in 1973  through the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) and was elected Member of Parliament for Maharagama 1983.

Since being appointed as member of Parliament he has held the following appointments:

Minister of Transport, Minister of Transport and Environment, Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Minister of Urban Development and Sacred Grounds Development, Minister of Urban Development and Sacred Grounds Development, Minister of Water Supply, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Skills Development, Employment and Labour, Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2021, Minister of Education in 2022 and Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils, and Local Government before being appointed to the seat of the Prime minister on 22nd Julyb 2022.

He has also held positions of the Chief Government Whip and as the Leader of the House.