Ranasinghe Premadasa

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Ranasinghe Premadasa
at Bangabhaban in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1992.
BornJune 23, 1924
Colombo, Sri Lanka
DiedMay 1, 1993
Colombo, Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
OccupationPresident of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
PredecessorJunius Jayewardene
SuccessorDingiri Wijetunga
Political partyUnited National Party
SpouseHema Premadasa
ChildrenSajith Premadasa, Dulanjali

Ranasinghe Premadasa (Sinhala: රණසිංහ ප්‍රේමදාස; Tamil: ரணசிங்க பிரேமதாசா; 23 June 1924 – 1 May 1993) was the third President of Sri Lanka. He was president from 2 January 1989 to 1 May 1993. Before that, he served as the Prime Minister in the government headed by J. R. Jayewardene from 6 February 1978 to 1 January 1989. Premadasa was assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam with a suicide bomb.