R Sampanthan became first tamilian to lead opposition in Sri Lankan parliament in 32 years

While R Sampanthan is the second tamilian to hold the position, A Amirthallingam was the leader of the opposition between 1977 and 1983.

Sep 4, 2015 10:04 IST
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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan on 3 September 2015 became the first tamilian to lead the opposition of in the Sri Lankan parliament after a gap of 32 years.

An announcement was made in this regard by the speaker Karu Jayasuriya in the house.

Apart from R Sampanthan, A Amirthalingam of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) was the only other tamilian to hold the position. He was the leader of the opposition between 1977 and 1983.

Sampanthan was first elected to Parliament from Trincomalee in 1977 on the ticket of the Federal Party.

Till now, he served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for more than 22 years.

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