Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thera was sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP)   before  Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane today.

He was sworn in to fill  the National List seat of the Our People Party (APP).

Ratana Thera, who was first elected to the Parliament from the Kalutara District in 2004 , representing the ‘’Jathika Hela Urumaya’’, was elected to the 7th Parliament from the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in 2010, representing the Gampaha District.

He represented the United National Party ( UNP) in the 8th Parliament as a National List Member of Parliament in 2015.