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Aug 09, 2020

Parliament : A family affair? Featured

Several parliamentarians elected at this year’s election have family ties to present or former politicians, a News 1st report has shown.

The newly-elected lawmakers with these ties are as follows;

Namal Rajapaksa – Son of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
Chamal Rajapaksa – Brother of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
Nipuna Ranawaka – Nephew of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
Shasheendra Rajapaksa – Son of Chamal Rajapaksa
Sajith Premadasa – Son of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa
Yadamani Gunawardana – Son of Dinesh Gunawardena
Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and son Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon
Kanchana Wijesekera – Son of former minister Mahinda Wijesekera
Kanaka Herath – Son of former chief minister Maheepala Herath
Anuradha Jayaratne – Son of late Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne
Dilum Amunugama – Nephew of Dr Sarath Amunugama
Vidura Wickremanayake – Son of late Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Lohan Ratwatte – Son of late minister Anuruddha Ratwatte
Kavinda Jayawardana – Son of late minister Dr Jayalath Jayawardana
Duminda Dissanayake – Son of late chief minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake
Prasanna Ranatunga – Son of former minister Reggie Ranatunga
Dr Ramesh Pathirana – Son of late minister Dr Richard Pathirana
Muditha Prishanthi – Wife of  late parliamentarian Ranjith Zoysa
Isuru Dodamgoda – Son of late minister Amarasiri Dodamgoda
Chandima Weerakkody – Son of late minister Amarasiri Dodamgoda’s sister
Kins Nelson – Son of late deputy minister H.J.P. Nelson
Akila Ellawala – Son of late chief minister Mohan Saliya Ellawala
Pavithra Wanniarachchi – Daughter of former deputy minister Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi
Jeewan Thondaman – Son of late minister Arumugam Thondaman
Waruna Liyanage – Son of late parliamentarian Heenmahathmaya Liyanage
Thalatha Athukorale – Sister of late minister Gamini Athukorale
Harshana Rajakaruna – Son of former minister Sarathchandra Rajakaruna
Rohini Kavirathna Wijeratne – Wife of late parliamentarian Sanjeewa Kavirathna
Tharaka Balasuriya – Son of former minister Dr Jagath Balasuriya and former governor Kumari Balasuriya
Asanka Nawarathna – Son of Ranjith Nawarathna, the founding secretary of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Pakshaya
D.V. Chanaka – Son of former provincial minister D.V. Upul
Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam – Son of Kumar Ponnambalam, the All Ceylon Tamil Congress president
C.V. Vigneswaran – Relative of former minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara
Anupa Pasquel – Brother of late deputy minister Daya T. Pasquel
Gayantha Karunathilaka – Son of late deputy minister Rupa Karunathilake
Thenuka Vidanagamage – Brother of former Uva provincial minister Anura Vidanagamage
Dushmantha Mithrapala – Son of late deputy minister H.R. Mithrapala
Suchith Sanjaya Perera – Son of late minister M. Vincent Perera
Priyankara Jayaratne – Son of late minister S.D.R. Jayaratne
Arundika Fernando – Nephew of former parliamentarian Godfrey Fernando
Niroshan Perera – Son of late minister Festus Perera
Abdul Haleem Mohamed – Son-in-law of late foreign minister A.C.S. Hameed
Shehan Semasinghe – Son of former deputy minister H.B. Semasinghe
J.C. Alawathuwala – Son of former deputy minister S.W. Alawathuwala
Kokila Harshani Gunawardana – Daughter of late provincial councillor Deshabandu Namal Gunawardana
Ranjan Ramanayake – Nephew of late Vijaya Kumaratunga, the leader of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party
Sudarshani Fernandopulle – Wife of late minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle
Professor Tissa Vitharana – Nephew of former finance minister Dr N.M. Perera
Manjula Dissanayake – Wife of late minister Salinda Dissanayake

(newsfirst.lk)

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