Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan has been appointed Opposition Leader of the eighth Parliament of Sri Lanka, the third highest rank in Parliament, the other two being Speaker and Prime Minister.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has made an announcement that Sampanthan has been recognized as Opposition Leader. Reports say that UPFA did not make any claim for the post.
Sampanthan who is a native of Trincomalee is a lawyer by profession and had enjoyed a lucrative practice in Trincomalee. He had appeared in cases pitted against legal luminaries like Colvin R.de Silva, A.Amirthalingam and others in civil and criminal cases. He gave up his practice after entering politics.
He entered politics following an incessant appeal by Thanthai Chelvanayagam. He had taken part in the non-violent political struggles launched by Federal Party to win Tamil rights.