Finance Minister Basil takes oaths as an MP, sits next to Minister Pavithra
SLPP National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa took oaths as a new MP of 9th Parliament before Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena today (08).
After the official oath taken before the Speaker, he signed in the Member Roll kept before the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake and took the front row seat next to Minister Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi.
This is the third time that he represents Parliament.
Born in 1951 in Giruwapaththuwa, Hambantota Basil Rohana Rajapaksa was appointed to Parliament from the National list of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance in 2007. In the 2010 Parliamentary Election, he was elected from Gampaha District by polling 425,861votes- highest number of preferential votes- in Sri Lanka.
He was the Cabinet Minister of Economic Development from 2007 to 2010 in the Sixth Parliament and 2010 to 2015 in the Seventh Parliament.
He was educated in Isipathana College Colombo and Ananda College.