Festus Perera dead


Former UNP Cabinet Minister and MP for Wennappuwa Festus Perera passed away yesterday morning at a private hospital in Colombo.

Perera (83), a lawyer by profession, was the husband of former parliamentarian Mrs. Larine Perera. He was also the father of current UNP MP Niroshan Perera. He first entered parliament in 1965.

After being unseated in the 1970 general election, Perera was re-elected in 1977 and held his seat till 2001. During this latter period he held a range of prominent portfolios, including Deputy Finance Minister, Power and Energy Minister, Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister and Fisheries Minister.

His remains are lying at his residence and his internment will take place on Thursday (17) at 4.00 p.m. at the Wennappuwa Roman Catholic Cemetery.

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