Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), the main constituent of Sri Lanka’s Tamil coalition party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), appointed a new leader yesterday. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) General Secretary and veteran politician, Mavai Senathirajah was appointed leader of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Saturday, replacing R. Sampanthan.
Mavai Senathirajah was a National List MP for the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in Parliament between 1989 and 1994, and between 1999 and 2000. From 2000 he has been an elected member of parliament, first from the TULF and then the TNA.
His appointment was announced at the ITAK’s national convention held on 06 September 2014, in Vavuniya. Sampanthan decided to step down as ITAK leader and proposed Senathirajah for the post. However Sampanthan will continue as TNA leader and the ITAK working group head. Eastern Provincial Council member K Thurairajasingam was appointed the secretary of the party.
Accordingly, the leader, Trincomalee district parliamentarian R. Sampanthan stepped down from the leadership of ITAK and Jaffna district MP Mavai Senathirajah was appointed as the new leader of the party.
Sampanthan has decided to step down from ITAK leadership mainly due to his advanced age and workload. However he will remain the as the leader of the TNA, party sources said.
The restructuring took place at the three-day party conference held in Vavuniya. The conference started on 5 September and will on 7 September 2014.