Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent. Known until 1972 as Ceylon , Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait, and lies in the vicinity of India and the...

 the Speaker of the Parliament is the individual who chairs the country's legislative body, the Parliament of Sri Lanka
Parliament of Sri Lanka
The Parliament of Sri Lanka is the 225-member unicameral legislature of Sri Lanka. The members of Parliament are elected by proportional representation for six-year terms, with universal suffrage. Parliament reserves the power to make all laws...

. The Speaker fulfills a number of important functions in relation to the operation the House, which is based upon the British Westminster Parliamentary system.

The current Speaker of the Parliament is Hon Chamal Rajapaksa.

Speakers of the State Council (1931 - 1947)

Hon. A. F. Molamure 7 July 1931 - 10 December 1934
Hon. F. A. Obeyesekere 11 December 1934 - 7 December 1935
Hon. Sir Waitialingm Duraiswamy 17 March 1936 - 4 July 1947

Speakers of the Parliament (House of Representatives) (1947 - 1972)

Hon. Sir Francis Molamure
Alfred Francis Molamure
Sir Alfred Francis Molamure, commonly known as A. F. Molamure, was a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and also the first speaker of the Parliament. The first parliament, known as the First State Council, was ceremonially opened on 10 July 1931, and Molamure was elected as the speaker three...

14 October 1947 - 25 January 1951
Hon. Sir Albert F. Peries 13 February 1951 - 18 February 1956
Hon. H. S. Ismail 19 April 1956 - 5 December 1959
Hon. T. B. Subasinghe 30 March 1960 - 23 April 1960
Hon. R. S. Pelpola 5 August 1960 - 24 January 1964
Hon. Hugh Fernando 24 January 1964 - 17 December 1964
Hon. Sir Albert F. Peries 5 April 1965 - 21 September 1967
Hon. Srikuradas Charles Shirley Corea  27 September 1967 - 25 March 1970
Hon. Stanley Tillekeratne 7 June 1970 - 22 May 1972

Speakers of the Parliament (National State Assembly) (1972 - 1978)

Hon. Stanley Tillekeratne 22 May 1972 - 18 May 1977
Hon. Dr. Anandatissa de Alwis 4 August 1977 - 7 September 1978

Speakers of the Parliament (1978 - present)

Hon. Dr. Anandatissa de Alwis 7 September 1978 - 13 September 1978
Hon. M. A. Bakeer Markar
Mohammed Abdul Bakeer Markar
Deshamanya Mohammed Abdul Bakeer Markar was the first Member of Parliament to represent Beruwala from March 1960 to April 1960, the Member of Parliament for Beruwala from April 1965 to March 1970, the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament from August 4, 1977 to September 7, 1978, the Speaker of the...

21 September 1978 - 30 August 1983
Hon. E. L. Senanayake 6 September 1983 - 20 December 1988
Hon. M. H. Mohamed
M. H. Mohamed
Mohamed Haniffa Mohamed is a Sri Lankan politician, a former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a former government minister.-References:...

9 March 1989 - 24 June 1994
Hon. K. B. Ratnayake 25 August 1994 - 10 October 2000
Hon. Anura Bandaranaike
Anura Bandaranaike
Anura Priyadarshi Solomon Dias Bandaranaike was a Sri Lankan politician, served as Speaker , and in several cabinet ministries as Foreign Minister briefly in 2005, Minister of Higher Education , Minister of Tourism , Minister of National Heritage and Leader of the Opposition...

18 October 2000 - 10 October 2001
Hon. M. Joseph Michael Perera
M. Joseph Michael Perera
M. Joseph Michael Perera is a Sri Lankan politician and a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.-References:...

19 December 2001 - 7 February 2004
Hon. W. J. M. Lokubandara
W. J. M. Lokubandara
Wijesinghe Jayaweera Mudiyanselage Lokubandara , commonly known as W. J. M. Lokubandara, is the current Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province and former Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He is a lawyer by profession, and is also an author of several books and a song writer...

22 April 2004 - 8 April 2010
Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa
Chamal Rajapaksa
Chamal Jayantha Rajapaksa is the current Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and former Cabinet Minister of Ports, Aviation, Irrigation and Water Management. He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D. A...

22 April 2010 - to date

See also

  • President of Sri Lanka
    President of Sri Lanka
    The President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is the elected head of state and the head of government. The President is a dominant political figure in Sri Lanka. The office was created in 1978 but has grown so powerful there have been calls to restrict or even eliminate its power...

  • Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
    Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
    The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is the functional head of the Cabinet of Sri Lanka. However, the President is both head of state and head of government in Sri Lanka...

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