Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha was appointed as the new Leader of the House of Parliament. Also, the Minister of Urban Development and Housing Prasanna Ranatunga was re-appointed as the Chief Government Whip of Parliament.
The appointment letters were handed over by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Prime Minister’s Office in Parliament yesterday morning (27).
Premajayantha was educated at St. John’s College, Nugegoda and is a Law graduate of the University of Colombo. He was sworn in as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court in 1984 and entered politics for the first time in 1991 when he was elected to the Kotte Municipal Council. Premajayantha, who was elected to the Western Provincial Council in 1993, then became the Chief Minister in 1995.
Premajayantha, who entered Parliament in the 2000 general election, holds the position of Minister of Education in the current government and has previously held the Ministerial portfolios of Technology and Research, Environment and Renewable Energy, Petroleum Industries, Power and Energy. He served as the General Secretary of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) for a long time.