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Ranil Wickremesinghe A True Leader


True Leader

“Good leadership does not mean being aggressive and violent. Good leadership is to be mentally resilient, the ability to stand up to repeated challenges, not be shaken, or influenced or pressurized but flexible when necessary. To have a vision in line with the people’s and be capable of achieving it.”

Ranil Wickremesinghe


Country is People

“Do not forget our country is not an abstract thing. Our country, first and foremost, is our people – as they are at this moment in time. And then we can talk of our histories and our cultures. ”

Ranil Wickremesinghe

Seeds of National Leadership

When the new President, Ranasinghe Premadasa formed his Cabinet in February 1989, Ranil, a well-seasoned legislator by then, was appointed the Leader of the House in Parliament. He was also assigned the Ministry of Industries. Later, in March 1990, the functions of Science and Technology were added to his portfolio of Industries. Furthermore in recognition […]

Prime Minister Ranil

In May 1993, Ranil unexpectedly became the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, after the tragic demise of President Premadasa. “There was utter chaos on the streets when the bomb went off during the May Day procession. I had just walked past President Premadasa in Armour Street. People were running, ambulances were screeching, and the President’s […]

A Leader for Peace and Prosperity

Within days of the 2001 election, power was restored. And within a couple of months a ceasefire agreement was signed with the LTTE to immediately suspend fighting (this is the only agreement that was ever signed by Ranil and the LTTE notwithstanding the false propaganda claims made by the People’s Alliance). The construction industry began […]

Leadership in Dark Times

With the government on an all-time high after the cessation of the war with the LTTE in 2009, the UNP along with Ranil have had to bide their time. This period has not been without its own crisis and turmoil given the many UNPers who crossed over to the government due to the ruthless political […]