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Former PM Jayaratne’s remains lying-in-state at Parliament

The remains of former Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne will be kept lying-in-state in Parliament from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m., today.

All present and former Parliamentarians, family members, relations and friends, as well as former Parliament staffers who wish to pay their final respects to the late PM, are requested to be present in Parliament on or before 12.30 p.m. today, Parliament Secretary-General Dammika Dissanayake said.

D.M. Jayaratne, was first elected to Parliament in 1970. After the inauguration of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in Kandy in 1951 by late Prime Minister Bandaranaike, D.M. Jayaratne joined the party as its 13th member.

The former PM received his primary education at Doluwa Maha Vidyalaya. He later served as a teacher and a postmaster after passing the Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination.

Jayaratne was appointed Minister of Land, Agriculture and Forestry by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, entering the Cabinet for the first time. Subsequently, he held several ministerial portfolios such as Agriculture, Food and Co-operatives, Postal, Telecommunication and Upcountry Development, Rural Economic Development, Plantation Industries, and Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs.

He served as the Prime Minister from 2010 to 2015 and served as a SLFP patron until his demise.

D.M. Jayaratne was a father of three, including former Deputy Mahaweli Development and Environment Minister Anuradha Jayaratne.


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