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Chamal Rajapaksa

චමල් රාජපක්ෂ
சமல் ராஜபக்ஷ
Rajapaksa in March 2015
Minister of Irrigation
Assumed office
12 August 2020
PresidentGotabaya Rajapaksa
Prime MinisterMahinda Rajapaksa
Preceded byDullas Alahapperuma
19th Speaker of the Parliament
In office
22 April 2010 – 26 June 2015
Preceded byW. J. M. Lokubandara
Succeeded byKaru Jayasuriya
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Hambantota District
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1942-10-30) 30 October 1942 (age 78)
Palatuwa, British Ceylon
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partySri Lanka Freedom Party
Spouse(s)Chandra Malini Rajapaksa
(nee Wijewardene)
ChildrenShasheendra, Shameendra
Alma materRichmond College, Galle
ProfessionPolice officer

Chamal Jayantha Rajapaksa (Sinhala: චමල් රාජපක්ෂ; Tamil: சமல் ராஜபக்ஷ; born 30 October 1942) is a Sri Lankan politician[1] who was Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka from 2010 to 2015.[2] Previously he served as Minister of Ports & Aviation and Irrigation & Water Management. He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D. A. Rajapaksa, was a prominent politician, independence agitator, member of parliament and Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyananda Dahanayake's government. He is the elder brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was President of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015. Nine members of the Rajapaksa family have been members of parliament in Sri Lanka.[3]

Shashindra Rajapaksa (eldest son of Rajapaksa) is the former chief Minister of Uva Provincial Council and former Basnayaka Nilame (Lay Custodian) of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya.

Early life and education

Main article: Rajapaksa family

Rajapaksa was born in Palatuwa in the Southern District of Matara and raised in Medamulana in the District of Hambantota.[4] Born to D. A. Rajapaksa and Dona Dandina Samarasinghe Dissanayake. He was the eldest of nine siblings which included Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa had his entire education at Richmond College, Galle. As a student, he played Soccer for the school and was an athlete.[5]

Early career

Following his schooling, he joined the Ceylon Police Force as a Sub-inspector and served for eight years.[5] He thereafter served the State Trading General Corporation as the Asstant General Manager before getting into active politics in 1985.

Political career

Contested the by-election held in 1985 for Mulkirigala Electorate.

Entered Parliament in 1989 as a member of parliament of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party representing Hambantota District. Has been a member of parliament continuously since 1989, retaining his seat in all elections held to date.

Prior to the present appointment as Speaker of the Parliament he has held the following portfolios.

Honorary titles

Other positions held

See also


  1. ^ "Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa, M.P." Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  2. ^ Chamal shines in politics Archived 6 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Sunday Observer, Retrieved on 1 August 2010.
  3. ^ Speaker of the Seventh Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Parliament website, Retrieved on 25 November 2013.
  4. ^ President's Fund of Sri Lanka, President's Profile Archived 4 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Fascinating features of Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa's early life". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by
W. J. M. Lokubandara
Speaker of the Parliament
Succeeded by
Karu Jayasuriya