R. Sampanthan

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R. Sampanthan

இரா. சம்பந்தன்
ආර්. සම්බන්ධන්
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Sampanthan in November 2013
16th Leader of the Opposition
In office
3 September 2015 – 18 December 2018
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Preceded byNimal Siripala De Silva
Succeeded byMahinda Rajapaksa
Leader of the Tamil National Alliance
Assumed office
2001
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Trincomalee District
Assumed office
5 December 2001
Majority33,834
In office
1997 – 18 August 2000
Preceded byArunasalam Thangathurai
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Trincomalee
In office
21 July 1977 – 7 September 1983
Preceded byB. Neminathan
Majority15,144
Personal details
Born (1933-02-05) 5 February 1933 (age 87)
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyIllankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi
Other political
affiliations
Tamil National Alliance
Alma materCeylon Law College
ProfessionLawyer
EthnicitySri Lankan Tamil

Rajavarothiam Sampanthan (Tamil: இராஜவரோதயம் சம்பந்தன்; Sinhala: රාජවරෝදියම් සම්බන්දන්; born 5 February 1933) is a Sri Lankan Tamil politician and lawyer. He has been the Tamil National Alliance party leader since 2001. He has also been a Member of Parliament since 2001. He was the Leader of the Opposition from September 2015 to December 2018.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sampanthan Chosen As New Leader Of The Opposition". Colombo Telegraph. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  2. "Ethnic Tamil lawmaker becomes opposition leader in Sri Lanka for first time in decades". Fox News. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.