Several individuals have extended their condolences over the demise of Former Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, former President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Leader of the Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesighe, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and government and opposition members alike expressed their condolences.
— Kingsly Rathnayaka (@KingslyRathnyka) August 24, 2021
I am deeply saddened to hear of the untimely passing of my friend & colleague Mangala Samaraweera. Today we have lost a great leader, a man who loved this nation. I thank him for his service to #lka. My condolences to his family. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbhana.
— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) August 24, 2021
මානවවාදීත්වයට ගරු කරමින්, හෘද සාක්ෂියට එකඟව තමන් විශ්වාස කරන දර්ශනය උදෙසා ඇප කැපවීමෙන් කටයුතු කළ යුග පුරුෂයෙකු වූ අප හිතාදර මංගල සමරවීර මැතිදුනි, ඔබ නිවී සැනසෙත්වා. pic.twitter.com/dPJHQQZuA7
— Sajith Premadasa (@sajithpremadasa) August 24, 2021
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) August 24, 2021
Deeply saddened to hear the loss of Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera who was a humble human being and strong advocate for democracy and reconciliation. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends grieving this loss. pic.twitter.com/QIHQZY5Fc4
— Maithripala Sirisena (@MaithripalaS) August 24, 2021
— Samagi Jana Balawegaya (@sjbsrilanka) August 24, 2021
We are profoundly saddened by the news of the passing of Hon. Mangala Samaraweera. He leaves behind a unique legacy of politics that he sincerely believed in. This is a great loss for Sri Lankan politics, and we mourn his untimely demise along with the rest of the nation.
— SLPP (@PodujanaParty) August 24, 2021
Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera passed away at the age of 65 today while receiving treatment for COVID-19 at a private hospital in Colombo.
According to hospital sources, the former Minister suffered a cardiac arrest.
Former Minister Samaraweera was receiving treatment over several days after contracting a severe bout of COVID-19.
Born on the 21st of April 1956, Mangala Samaraweera is an alumnus of Royal College, Colombo.
He first entered politics in 1989 from the Matara District and contested every subsequent Parliamentary Election and entered Parliament.
He also held a number of Cabinet portfolios such as Posts, Telecommunications, Ports, Media, Foreign Affairs and Finance.
Mangala Samaraweera is considered to have played a pivotal role in appointing Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in 1994, Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005 and Maithripala Sirisena in 2015 as Executive Presidents of Sri Lanka.
As the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, he initiated a complete overhaul of the telecommunications sector making all citizens an owner of a telephone.
As the Minister of Mass Media and Information, he sought to uplift the media industry and overcame disadvantages that Sri Lanka faced before the international community.
Economic development programmes such as Enterprise Sri Lanka were launched during his term as Minister of Finance.
Mangala Samaraweera is renowned as a principled politician who fearlessly expressed his views on certain issues.
He withdrew his candidacy at the 2020 Parliamentary Election despite filing nominations from the Matara District.
The former Minister subsequently announced a sabbatical from active politics.