Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya was born on 29 September 1940. He has held a number of important positions as a Sri Lankan politician. Previously, he was Mayor of Colombo from 1997 to 1999, Minister of Power and Energy from 2001 to 2004, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs from 2007 to 2008, and Minister of Buddha Sasana, Public Administration, and Democratic Governance in 2015. He served as Chairman of the Leadership Council of the United National Party (UNP), as well as Deputy Leader of the UNP. He is presently a Member of Parliament (appointed through the National List). He received his early education at Ananda College, Colombo. Under President Ranasinghe Premadasa's government, Karu Jayasuriya was appointed as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Germany.
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