25 April 1931 – 30 November 2021: Legacy of Sirisena Cooray

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 4 2021
News 25 April 1931 – 30 November 2021: Legacy of Sirisena Cooray

If there was a single man who was the driving force behind the Ranasinghe Premadasa Presidency; that was Sirisena Cooray. During his tenure as the Mayor of Colombo from 1979 to 1989, he turned the Colombo Municipal region, a bastion of the United National Party, which stood faithful to the green party for many years, even after President Premadasa’s untimely demise and Cooray’s withdrawal from politics. 

Cooray was later elected from Colombo to Parliament in the ninth parliamentary election in 1989. He was appointed Minister of Housing and Construction in the Premadasa Cabinet. He was also the driving force behind President Premadasa’s Gam Udawa Programme, where he assured a roof over the head of every Sri Lankan. He was also credited for the construction of the world-class Sugathadasa Stadium, which he is said to have built without any foreign aid. 

He also served as the General Secretary of the United National Party, during the tenure of party leader Ranasinghe Premadasa. 

Former Minister Cooray passed away while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo on Tuesday, 30 November, following a brief illness, family sources said.

He was 90 years old at the time of his death.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 4 2021

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