Eastern Province Chief Minister assumes duties
The first ever Muslim Chief Minister – Abdul Majeed Mohamed Najeeb- assumed duties as Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the TNA leadership consisting of its leader R. Sampanthan, Gen. Secy. Mavai Senathirajah and M. Sumanthiran at a meeting held in Trincomalee unanimously selected Provincial Councilor Singaravelu Thandayuthapani – who received 20,854 preferential votes, the highest in the Trincomalee District, as Leader of the Opposition of the Eastern Provincial Council.
Born on August 7, 1950, Councillor Thandayuthapani –an educationist- had his primary education at the Koneswara Vidyalaya later at Rama Krishna Mission School in Trincomalee. He graduated in economics and joined the teaching profession after training at Palali Guru Vidyalayam.
He has served as school principal, a Director of Education and Additional Director of Education. In 2010 he served as secretary to the Ministries of Lands, Land Development, Education and Culture, before he retired last year.
Following the selection of the Leader of the Opposition the eleven members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) elected to the Eastern Provincial Council took oaths on Friday morning at an event held at the Trincomalee Town Hall before R. Sampanthan.
Prior to the oath-taking event the team participated in religious ceremonies at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Moor Street Maiyadeen Mosque and Pillaiyar and Kali Kovils.
They were then taken in procession to the Town Hall.
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