Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passes away
Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passed away. He was 83. He had served twice as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, first from 2000 to 2001 and then from 2005 to 2010. In his second term he was appointed Prime Minister by former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He has also held many key ministerial positions since 1970. He was a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for more than 60 years. Prior to his death, he was serving as a senior advisor to incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena.