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". www.srilankamirror.com. 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". lankafirst.lk. 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. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  7. "Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera passes away". Daily Mirror. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.