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 Appapillai Amirthalingam 

Leader of the Opposition
In office
1977 – 1983
Preceded by J. R. Jayewardene, UNP
Succeeded by A. Bandaranaike, SLFP

Leader/Secretary General of the
Tamil United Liberation Front
In office
1977 – 1989
Preceded by S. J. V. Chelvanayakam

In office
1956 – 1970
Preceded by V. Veerasingam, ACTC
Succeeded by A. Thiagarajah, ACTC

In office
1977 – 1983
Preceded by S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, FP

Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for National List
In office
1989 – 1989
Succeeded by Somasundaram Senathirajah, TULF

Born August 26, 1927(1927-08-26)
Pannagam, Vaddukkoddai, Ceylon
Died July 13, 1989 (aged 61)
342/2 Baudhaloka Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Political party Tamil United Liberation Front
Alma mater Ceylon Law College
Profession Lawyer
Website A. Amirthalingam Life and Struggle

Appapillai Amirthalingam (August 26, 1927 – July 13, 1989) was a Sri Lankan politician who advocated separatism for the Tamil regions of the country. He was assassinated by the LTTE.

Amirthalingam became leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front upon the death of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in 1977. In the 1977 elections he led the TULF to one of its best showings ever, becoming the official Opposition in Parliament.

Throughout his tenure as leader, Amirthalingam was under severe pressure from militant youth groups who believed his parliamentary actions were useless and only armed struggle could achieve justice for the Tamils. Sinhalese nationalists, in their turn, blamed Amirthalingam for terrorist attacks carried out by the militants.

After the Black July pogroms of 1983, Civil war broke out between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Amirthalingam supported the Indian military intervention of 1987, and a negotiated end to the conflict. It is believed that for this reason the LTTE ordered his assassination.

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