LSSP veteran Bernard Soysa expires

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 December 1997, 23:59 GMT]
Mr. Bernard Soysa, Sri Lanka's cabinet minister for Science, Technology and Human Resources Development died this afternoon.

He was ailing for some time. Mr.Soysa was 83 years old.

He was a Politburo member of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and a veteran left wing trade unionist.

The LSSP is a constituent member of the People's Alliance.

He was elected to Parliament in 1956 when his party stood for parity of the Sinhala and the Tamil languages at a time when the alliance led by Mr. S.W.R.D Bandaranayake came on the slogan that Sinhala would be made the sole official language in twenty four hours.

 

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