Deputy speaker and chairman of committees of the Parliament of Sri Lanka

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Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
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Incumbent
Thilanga Sumathipala

since 1 September 2015
Parliament of Sri Lanka
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The deputy speaker and chairman of committees is a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka (and its predecessors the National State Assembly, the House of Representatives and the State Council) who presides over sittings of Parliament in the absence of the Speaker.[1] The current deputy speaker and chairman of committees is Thilanga Sumathipala.[2]

List of Deputy speakers and chairmen of committees[edit]

Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees
Name Portrait Party Took office Left office Legislature Refs
Forester Augustus Obeysekera State Council [3][4][5]
Susantha de Fonseka Susantha De Fonseka.jpg [6][7]
R. A. de Mel United National Party 14 October 1947 23 August 1948 House of Representatives [2][8]
H. W. Amarasuriya United National Party 2 September 1948 14 December 1948 [2][8]
Albert Peries United National Party 15 December 1948 13 February 1951 [2][3][8][9]
H. S. H. Ismail Independent 14 February 1951 8 April 1952 [2][3][9]
10 June 1952 18 February 1956 [2]
Piyasena Tennakoon Sri Lanka Freedom Party[10] 20 April 1956 16 September 1958 [2]
R. S. Pelpola Sri Lanka Freedom Party[11] 18 September 1958 5 December 1959 [2]
30 March 1960 23 April 1960 [2]
Hugh Fernando United National Party[12] 5 August 1960 23 January 1964 [2][3][13][14]
D. A. Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Freedom Party 11 February 1964 12 November 1964 [2][15][16][17]
Shirley Corea United National Party 5 April 1965 17 September 1967 [2][3][9][18][19]
Razik Fareed 28 September 1967 28 February 1968 [2][20][21]
M. Sivasithamparam All Ceylon Tamil Congress 8 March 1968 25 March 1970 [2][3][22][23][24]
I. A. Cader Sri Lanka Freedom Party [25] 7 June 1970 22 May 1972 [2][26][27]
22 May 1972 18 May 1977 National State Assembly [2]
M. A. Bakeer Markar United National Party 4 August 1977 7 September 1978 [2][28][29]
Norman Waidyaratne United National Party 21 September 1978 20 December 1988 Parliament [2][30][31]
Gamini Fonseka United National Party 9 March 1989 24 June 1994 [2][32][33]
Anil Moonesinghe Sri Lanka Freedom Party 24 August 1994 18 August 2000 [2][34][35]
14 September 2000 23 September 2000 [2]
Sarath Munasinghe 18 October 2000 10 October 2001 [2][36][37][38][39]
Gitanjana Gunawardena Mahajana Eksath Peramuna 18 May 2004 1 July 2008 [2][40][41][42]
Piyankara Jayaratne Sri Lanka Freedom Party 8 July 2008 9 February 2010 [2][43][44][45]
9 March 2010 20 April 2010 [2]
22 April 2010 22 November 2010 [2][46]
Chandima Weerakkody Sri Lanka Freedom Party 23 November 2010 26 June 2015 [2][47][48]
Thilanga Sumathipala Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1 September 2015 [2][49][50][51][52]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Constitution of Sri Lanka: Chapter X - The Legislature – Parliament". Policy Research and Information Unit, Presidential Secretariat, Sri Lanka.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (12 September 2015). "Karu Jayasuriya is the latest in a long line of illustrious Sri Lankan Speakers". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).
  4. ^ "First State Council begins". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 8 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Mr. Speaker plays a vital role". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 11 June 2006.
  6. ^ "My experience with 'Three LSSP comrades' of yesteryear". Ceylon Today. 1 September 2014.
  7. ^ "The fascinating story of Bracegirdle". Daily FT. 30 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Molamure is elected Speaker of First Parliament". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 14 October 2007.
  9. ^ a b c Ranatunga, D. C. (31 August 2015). "Election of Mr. Speaker". Daily FT.
  10. ^ https://www.parliament.lk/en/component/members/viewMember/2732?Itemid=206. Retrieved 12 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ https://www.parliament.lk/component/members/viewMember/2527?Itemid=206. Retrieved 12 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Wilson, Jeyaratnam. Electoral Politics in an Emergent State: The Ceylon General Election of May 1970. Cambridge University Press. p. 136.
  13. ^ Kurera, S. K. J. (2 April 2010). "18th Death Anniversary of former Speaker Hugh Fernando today". The Island (Sri Lanka).
  14. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (19 November 2014). "Monumental rise of a mischievous boy from Medamulana". Daily FT.
  15. ^ Gunasekera, D. E. W. (6 November 2011). "D.A. Rajapaksa- the pulse of Ruhuna". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).
  16. ^ Kurukularatne, Buddhika (26 December 2004). "Men and Memories: D. A. Rajapaksa—from farmer to minister". The Island (Sri Lanka).
  17. ^ "Host of religious activities held: D A Rajapaksa commemorated". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 8 November 2012.
  18. ^ Weersinghe, Milton (20 April 2000). "Appreciations: S. C. Shirley Corea". The Island (Sri Lanka).
  19. ^ Wijesekera, Priyanee (14 March 2010). "The Speaker". The Sunday Leader.
  20. ^ "Renaming Bristol Street as Sir Razik Fareed Mawatha: Sir Razik Fareed common man's leader - Omar Kamil". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 7 May 2011.
  21. ^ Cader, M. C. A. (20 August 2009). "Uncrowned King of Ceylon Moors". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  22. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (9 June 2002). "Life and times of Sivasithamparam". The Sunday Leader.
  23. ^ "Sivasithamparam passes away". The Island (Sri Lanka). 7 June 2002.
  24. ^ Vimalarajah, V. (16 February 2002). "Felicitation to M. Sivasithamparam". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  25. ^ https://www.parliament.lk/en/component/members/viewMember/2116?Itemid=206. Retrieved 12 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ "Caders promote and foster Sri Lanka Turf Club". The Island (Sri Lanka). 12 April 2008.
  27. ^ Azwer, A. H. M. (18 June 2009). "Dr. Badi-ud-din Mahmud: An illustrious Muslim hero of Ruhuna". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  28. ^ "Deshamanya Bakeer Markar". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 13 September 2015.
  29. ^ Kevitiyagala, Ivan (9 September 2013). "Bakeer Markar remembered!". Ceylon Today.
  30. ^ Kurukularatne, Buddhika (15 June 1997). "Two of a kind, with one goal". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).
  31. ^ "The 13th Amendment : I cannot vote for this Bill -Gamani". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 17 July 2013.
  32. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (28 September 2013). "Gamini Fonseka : the uncrowned monarch of Sinhala Cinema". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).
  33. ^ Palakidnar, Ananth (1 October 2015). "Prince remembers Gamini". Ceylon Today.
  34. ^ "Anil Moonesinghe passes away". The Island (Sri Lanka). 10 December 2002.
  35. ^ Premalal, K. K. D. (24 December 2012). "Anil Moonesinghe, a devoted politician - Speaker". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  36. ^ "Ex-SLA spokesman elected deputy speaker". TamilNet. 18 October 2000.
  37. ^ "Major General Sarath Munasinghe passes away". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 18 March 2008.
  38. ^ "Major Gen. Sarath Munasinghe dead". The Island (Sri Lanka). 18 March 2008.
  39. ^ Athas, Iqbal (14 October 2001). "Situation Report: Tigers smuggle in fresh arms for renewed war". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).
  40. ^ "House spared of fireworks". The Island, Sri Lanka. 19 May 2004.
  41. ^ Wijayapala, Ranil; Malawaraarachchi, Bharatha (19 May 2004). "Geethanjana Deputy Speaker". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  42. ^ "Parliament elects UPFA Deputy Speaker". TamilNet. 18 May 2004.
  43. ^ "SL parliament elects new Deputy Speaker uncontested". TamilNet. 8 July 2008.
  44. ^ "Priyankara Jayaratne new Deputy Speaker". The Island (Sri Lanka). 9 July 2008.
  45. ^ Kumarasinghe, Uditha; Range, Irangika; Marasinghe, Sandasen (9 July 2008). "New Deputy Speaker". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  46. ^ "Chamal Rajapakse new Speaker, Fonseka attends parliament". TamilNet. 22 April 2010.
  47. ^ "New Deputy Speaker". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 24 November 2010. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011.
  48. ^ Indrajith, Saman (24 November 2010). "Weerakkody elected Dy. Speaker". The Island (Sri Lanka).
  49. ^ "Karu appointed new Speaker". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 1 September 2015.
  50. ^ "Thilanga appointed Deputy Speaker". Ceylon Today. 1 September 2015. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015.
  51. ^ "Thilanga appointed Deputy Speaker". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 1 September 2015.
  52. ^ Indrajith, Saman (2 September 2015). "Karu,Thilanga elected unanimously as Speaker and Deputy Speaker". The Island (Sri Lanka).