Who is Maithripala Sirisena
Posted on November 21st, 2014

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Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena (born 3 September 1951) (known as Maithripala Sirisena) Sinhala: මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන is a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He joined mainstream politics in 1989 and has held several ministries since 1994. He is the incumbent Cabinet Minister for Health and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He escaped an assassination attempt carried out by a suicide cadre of the LTTE in 2008.

Sirisena was born on 3 September 1951. He was educated at Royal College, Polonnaruwa.[1] He has studied agriculture from the School of Agriculture in Kundasale. He has also worked as a Grama Sevaka (village officer). Sirisena was jailed after the 1971 JVP Insurrection, although he was not involved in it.[2]

Sirisena joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1979 as the secretary of its district organization. He became the president of the All Island Sri Lanka Freedom Party Youth Organization.[2]

In 1989, Sirisena contested for the general elections from the Polonnaruwa District and became a member of the parliament. In the general elections of 1994, he obtained the highest number of preferential votes. After this, he was made the Deputy Minister for Irrigation and Mahaweli River Development.[2]

Sirisena was elected to be the Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. In 1994, he was appointed the Minister for River Basin Development and Rajarata Development, a newly created Ministry.[3] He then served as the Cabinet Minister for Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services Development in the current government of Sri Lanka.[4]Presently, Sirisena is the Minister of Health of the UPFA government.

13 Responses to “Who is Maithripala Sirisena”

  1. Vimutti Says:

    Maithripala is going to have to explain why weakening the power of the president is going to help fend off the US, UK, and Norway from meddling into Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, or why he supports the meddling into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka by these countries. The fact that Maithripala is focused on the same issue of reducing presidential power as the USA Ambassador to Sri Lanka cannot go unnoticed, as she and her staff had been searching hard for someone within the Sri Lankan government to implement the USA agenda in Sri Lanka before she left her post last summer. She felt as long as Rajapaksa had strong presidential powers, it was difficult for the US to control Sri Lanka like they do in so many of their client-states around the world.

    In fact, you could say that Maithripala is the “USA DREAM CANDIDATE” who fronts as a weakened president with the abolishment of the 18th Amendment while Ranil of the UNP runs the show as prime minister, just like before when Chandrika was president and the US CIA was able to get Ranil to approve of rendition and torture of US terror suspects without Chandrika’s knowledge, and get Ranil to send Norwegian funded radio transmitters to the LTTE Tamil Terrorists, again, without Chandrika’s approval.

    Through Ranil as prime minister, the US will seek to roll back Sri Lanka’s relationship with China who is the largest financial backer of Sri Lanka’s economic development and key defender on the UN Security Council, and implement the ‘political solution’ they were trying to implement before the war ended that divides Sri Lanka into separate parts.

    Maithripala will also have a lot of explaining to do concerning a July 28th, 2014 statement he made to the Daily Mirror that “I HOPE ALL WOMEN ARE REBORN AS MEN IN THEIR NEXT INCARNATION”, as this is plainly sexist and offensive to most women voters.

    Maithripala’s sexist point of view is also grossly ignorant for a Buddhist who has presumably read the Soma Sutta in the Samyutta Nikaya where bhikkhuni Ven. Soma chastises Mara (the Evil One) for making a similar sexist remark concerning the capacity of women to attain spiritual liberation. In this sutta, Ven. Soma says:

    ‘What difference does being a woman make
    When the mind is well-composed,
    When knowledge is proceeding on,
    When one rightly sees into Dhamma?”

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    I NEVER thought he would actually leave despite Weerawansa’s prediction.

    An HONORABLE and DOWN TO EARTH man, UNFORTUNATELY. If he is corrupt and a thug we would have many ammunition to discredit him. But this man is a cleaner one. He had WEPT UNCONTROLLABLY before leaving his beloved SLFP.

    He also represents OPPRSSED SINHALA “border villagers and CKDu affected people TOTALY NEGLECTED.

    Others who crossed over include Rajiva Wijesinghe, Duminda Dissanayake, DS Gunawardena, Wasantha Senanayake, Rajitha Senaratna.

    So far 7 UPFA MPS have defected. Now the govt, seats are at 150. Rumors have it some more are going to leave.

    We knew this will happen when the govt. neglected Sinhalese and started showering all benefits to Tamils forgetting even “border” villagers. he has promised to abolish 13 amendment. FANTASTIC.

    At least now act MR. You can save your party in the 11th hour.

    SCRAP 13 amendment NOW. Even the defected people will support you. OR become history.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    Presidential election on January 8. BAD decision.

    1. That is SWRD Bandaranayaka’s birthday. Chandrika group will go to town with it.

    2. That is too close to the death anniversary of Lasantha Wickramathunga. Once again the UNP will go to town with it.

    Very bad for the government.

    Maithripala Sirisena was born on the day the SLFP was born! 03 September 1951.

    He survived 2 LTTE assassination attempts.

  4. Sooriarachi Says:

    Nobody should weaken the nationalist forces under the current President, if they really value Sri Lanka’s progress and independence as a unitary state. If Maitripala Sirisena is backed by Chandrika and Ranil, then, that is a minus for his credentials and a red alert for the country, which has barely completed 5 years of peaceful development and coexistence of all races and religions.

  5. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    GENERALLY, RATS, WHEN THEY THINK THE SHIP IS SINKING, THEY LEAVE THE SHIP.

    I DO NOT THINK THIS SHIP WILL SINK, BUT IT IS SHOWING SIGNS OF LISTING TO THE PORT SIDE (left side)

    I FERVENTLY THINK THAT THE DOLLAR TREE IS SHEDDING ITS LEAVES, AND THE MEN WHO LACKS CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY ARE SCRAMBLING FOR THE DOLLAR LEAVES. THIS IS REALLY BACK STABBING.

    IT IS SAD THAT MR NEVER READ THE LANKA WEB, AND TOOK THE ADVICE OF THE MANY, MANY PATRIOTS GIVING REALISTIC POINTS OF VIEW.

    IT MAY BE A CLASH OF THE KNIGHTS OF SHINING ARMOUR. JUST NOW, IT APPEARS LIKE THAT.

    DID MR EVER THINK THAT HIS BUDDY IS GOING TO CUT HIS THROAT. NO, HE WOULD NEVER HAVE ENVISAGED. SAD.

  6. Leela Says:

    I am told Reginald Cooray of Kalutara district got the negating flag from his horoscope reader but it seems he is waiting for marching orders from Chandrika. All in all there’ll be about 20, perhaps a few more if the tide appears to be rising. As per my calculations MR will get about 51-52% in the first round itself. Game over for Maithree. But MR has to change his tactics and also appoint a capable PM and learn to share some power with him also drop his useless kith and kin.

  7. stanley perera Says:

    Joining up with that CBK rouge woman is suicidal for Sirisena and it is doubly bad joining RW and the UNP. That dutt dostharaya falls into the same boat.

  8. Independent Says:

    Vmutti,

    You said -quote- Maithripala is going to have to explain why weakening the power of the president is going to help fend off the US, UK, and Norway from meddling into Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, or why he supports the meddling into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka by these countries. – unquote.

    I believe before he answering this question our President has to answer it. He is the one ruining the 2/3 majority and despite having mandate to rule another 2 years calling a crazy election. I honestly suspect his motives. If he did not do that , JHU still in the government and Maithree too !
    Maithree will loose because he will not be the “common” candidate but Ranil.

  9. PRIYAN WIJEYERATNE Says:

    I think, it is in no doubt a double game of CIA. They have induced MR to go for a quick election for another term and in the mealtime infiltrated Maîtree through RW, the “single testicle”. Poor Mithree will do all manual work and leave for RM to do the twist to the tune of CIA, then all heel will break in SL in all sectors, it will be the end of storey for SLkens. SL will go back to 19th century. May almighty God intervene……

  10. Leela Says:

    Lorenzo,
    You talked about Sirisena as an “HONORABLE and DOWN TO EARTH man”. Read this http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/17238 and tell us what you think of him now.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    Leela,

    COMPARATIVELY.

    However, he has since BEHAVED unlike Mervin’s son or DM’s son or the son who ran over two persons killing one in Duvulapitiya when he was preparing for night races.

  12. stanley perera Says:

    In a way it is a punishment to MR for not sacking the kudu Gampolaya, Also a kick in the teeth for molycoddling the racist TNA and Saibunana.

  13. Lorenzo Says:

    GOOD observation Independent.

    Look who is defending MR and defaming MS – 13 AMDNEMENT FEDERALISTS!

    D-BS-Jeyaraj and Dayan Jayatilaka.

    No wonder MR is not going to scrap 13 amendment.

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