Karu Jayasuriya


Karu Jayasuriya

දේශබන්දු කරූ ජයසූරිය
தேசபந்து கரு ஜயசூரிய
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20th Speaker of the Parliament
Assumed office
1 September 2015
DeputyAnanda Kumarasiri
Thilanga Sumathipala
Preceded byChamal Rajapaksa
Minister of Buddha Sasana
In office
12 January 2015 – 17 August 2015
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Preceded byD. M. Jayaratne
Minister of Public Administration, Democratic Rule
In office
12 January 2015 – 17 August 2015
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Preceded byD. M. Jayaratne
Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs
In office
2007–2008
Minister of Power and Energy
In office
12 December 2001 – 6 April 2004
PresidentChandrika Kumaratunga
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Member of Parliament
for National List
Assumed office
2015
Member of Parliament
for Gampaha District
In office
2000–2015
Mayor of Colombo
In office
1997–1999
Personal details
Born (1940-09-29) 29 September 1940 (age 78)
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyUnited National Party
Alma materAnanda College, Colombo
OccupationPolitics, Diplomat
ProfessionOfficial website
Military service
AllegianceSri Lanka
Service/branchCeylon Army Volunteer Force
Years of service1965 - 1972
RankSecond Lieutenant
UnitCeylon National Guard
Battles/wars1971 JVP insurrection

Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya, MP (Sinhalese: කරු ජයසුරිය; born 29 September 1940) is a Sri Lankan politician and a statesmen. He is the current Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.[1] Previously he was Mayor of Colombo from 1997 to 1999, Minister of Power and Energy from 2001 to 2004, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs from 2007 to 2008, and Minister of Buddha Sasana, Public Administration, and Democratic Governance in 2015. He has served as Chairman of the Leadership Council[2] of the United National Party (UNP), as well as Deputy Leader of the UNP.[3] He is a Member of Parliament representing the Gampaha District since 2001. He had served as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Germany. As Speaker of Parliament, he also acts as Chairman of the Constitutional Council.

Education

Karu Jayasuriya was educated at Kandangamuwa Vidyalaya, Mirigama and at Ananda College, Colombo. He went on to gain professional membership (AICS) of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in 1965 and was later fellowship (FICS). He trained in commodity trading at the Baltic Exchange and went on to receive Advanced Management Training at INSEAD. He later became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.[4]

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