President’s message of condolence over former PM’s passing


President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a message of condolence over the death of former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake in which he refers to the former PM as a ‘respectable and upright politician’,  ‘who expressed his views in a forthright manner.’

The message is reproduced below:

‘I was deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Ratnasiri Wickremanayake who was a former Prime Minister and a former General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). He was a veteran politician who represented the rural masses.

Wickremanayake was a politician who expressed his views in a forthright manner. He entered active politics from the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) and was elected to the Parliament in 1960.

Later he joined the SLFP and moved forward on a successful political journey to the position of Prime Minister, after holding several important ministries.

Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was appointed as the Vice President of the SLFP, and when I became the President, he became my Senior Political Adviser, a post he held until his sad demise. 

The brightest milestones of his political career have been through his journey with the SLFP. He was committed to do his best to serve the SLFP whenever the party faced with challenges. It was a significant quality of this respectable and upright politician.

I express my deepest condolence on the demise of this pioneer politician who was a close friend and a colleague who stood firmly for the victories of the party to his beloved wife, his children including his son, Member of Parliament Vidura Wickramanayake and the loved ones and followers. 

May he attain the bliss of Nibbana!’









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