Dec 27, Colombo: Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka veteran politician Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passed away today after a brief illness.
The 83-year-old politician was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a leading private hospital on December 21, his family said.
Wickremanayake, who served twice as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, first from 2000 to 2001 and then from 2005 to 2010, was one time general secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP).
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena condoling the former SLFP leader's death said he was loved by people.
"Veteran Politician Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was loved by his people for many decades. My condolences are with his loved ones and followers," President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted.
Former President Rajapaksa said in a tweet, "Deeply saddened by the death of former Sri Lankan PM & veteran politician Ratnasiri Wickremanayake. My condolences to his family."
Wickremanayake entered politics in 1960, winning the Horana seat in the March General Election as a member of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna. He held many key ministerial positions since 1970.
He first became Prime Minister after Sirimavo Bandaranaike resigned at the age of 84. He was appointed Prime Minister for a second time by former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 21, 2005.
Wickremanayake's son Vidura Wickremanayake is a member of the parliament.