Jayaratne, D. M.

Jayaratne, D. M.

(Disanayayaka Mudiyanselage Jayaratne), 1931–, Sri Lankan political leader. A cofounder of the Sri Lanka Freedom party (1951), he was a teacher and postmaster until becoming a member of the Sri Lankan parliament (1970–77, 1989–2001) and serving as minister of agriculture (1994–2001). After helping to organize the United People's Freedom Alliance (2004), he again served in parliament (2004–10), and was minister of post and telecommunications (2004–7), plantation industries (2007–10), and Buddha Sasana and religious affairs (2010–15). Jayaratne was prime minister (2010–15) under President RajapaksaRajapaksa or Rajapakse, Mahinda
, 1945–, Sri Lankan political leader. A lawyer from a political family, he was first elected to parliament in 1970 as member of the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP).
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, succeeding Ratnasiri WickremanayakeWickremanayake, Ratnasiri,
1933–2016, Sri Lankan political leader. He entered the Sri Lankan parliament (1960) as a member of the People's United Front; in 1962 he joined the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP).
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