Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero

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Thero in 2015

Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero (Sinhala: මාදුළුවාවේ සෝභිත හිමි; 29 May 1942 – 8 November 2015) was a Sinhalese Buddhist Bikku. He was a well-known socialist and social justice activist. He was a Buddhist style non-violent revolutionary and he led campaigns that toppled the Sri-Lankan government on several occasions. He was the chief monk of the Kotte Naga Vihara.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He played a key role to bring a new government in 2015 defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa, where he supported a common candidate Maithripala Sirisena for presidency, and Ranil Wickremesinghe to form a new government.

Ven Sobitha died at the age of 73 on 8 November 2015 from multiple organ failure at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.[7]

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  1. Raine Wickrematunge (21 May 2013). And Then They Came for Me: The Lasantha Wickrematunge Story. AuthorHouse. pp. 182–. ISBN 978-1-4817-8991-2.
  2. "Sobitha Thero's President 'dream' revealed". 11 June 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  3. "Sobhitha Thero suspects moves to stop him". BBC. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  4. "I'm prepared to be the common candidate at presidential election – says Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero". Archived from the original on 23 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  5. T. D. S. A. Dissanayaka (1994). The politics of Sri Lanka. Swastika (Private) Ltd. p. 335. ISBN 978-955-572-001-4.
  6. "Government cautions Sobitha Thero". Colombo Telegraph. July 20, 2014. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  7. "Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera passes away". Daily Mirror. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.