Ethnic Tamil lawmaker becomes opposition leader in Sri Lanka for first time in decades

September 3, 2015 6:09 AM

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka's Parliament has recognized an ethnic Tamil lawmaker as the opposition leader for the first time in decades in what is seen a positive step toward post civil-war reconciliation with the minority community.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced Thursday that Rajavarothayam Sampanthan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance, was officially recognized for the position.

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