President of Sri Lanka

The president of Sri Lanka (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජනාධිපති Śrī Laṃkā Janādhipathi; Tamil: இலங்கை சனாதிபதி Ilankai janātipati) is the head of state and head of government of Sri Lanka. The president is the chief executive of the union government and the commander-in-chief of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces.

President of Sri Lanka
ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජනාධිපති
இலங்கை சனாதிபதி
Gotabaya Rajapaksa

since 18 November 2019
Member ofCabinet
National Security Council
ResidencePresident's House
AppointerDirect election
Term lengthFive years, renewable once
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
PrecursorQueen of Ceylon
Inaugural holderWilliam Gopallawa
as the first President under
the 1972 Constitution

J. R. Jayewardene
as the first executive President under
the 1978 Constitution
Formation22 May 1972; 49 years ago (1972-05-22)
4 February 1978; 43 years ago (1978-02-04)
SalaryLKR 1,170,000 annually (2016) (≈ $ 7,640) [1]
Presidential Secretariat

The office was created in 1972 as a ceremonial head of state. Until 1972, Ceylon was a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state and Queen of Ceylon. It became an executive post in 1978, and since then has been the single most dominant political office in the country. The current president is Gotabaya Rajapaksa.