Sept 27, Colombo: Former Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's North Central Province Berty Premalal Dissanayake has passed away at a private hospital in Colombo today following a surgery.
He was 59 years old at the time of his death.
Dissanayake, who held cabinet portfolio under the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, was the Chief Minister of the North Central Province for three consecutive terms.
He lost his Chief Minister position in a bitter battle to S.M. Ranjith at the elections held in September 2012 for the Province.