First death anniversary of Sobitha Thera marked Colombo

Prime Minister Wickremasinghe, President Sirisena, Former President Kumaratunga read a commemorative book. (Pics by Sudath Silva)

Prime Minister Wickremasinghe, President Sirisena, Former President Kumaratunga read a commemorative book. (Pics by Sudath Silva)

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First death anniversary of Buddhist monk Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha in Colombo. Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha was an  influential social worker who forced the government to scale down powers of the executive presidency and move towards a stronger parliamentary democracy.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena, Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Parliament Speaker Kaur Jayasuriya, Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan observe a moment of silence.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena, Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Parliament Speaker Kaur Jayasuriya, Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan observe a moment of silence.

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Commemorative book is presented to President Sirisena.

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Prime Minister and President attend the ceremony.

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Section of the guests.

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Section of the guests.

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Venerable monks attend the ceremony.

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Venerable monks and guests at the ceremony.

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President Sirisena addressing the gathering.