Anton Jeyanathan, Sri Lankan politician, Died at 68

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Mariyampillai Antony Jeyanathan was born on May 11, 1948, and died on October 1, 2016.

He was a Sri Lankan Tamil teacher, politician and provincial councillor.

Anton was the son of Mariyampillai and Mary Theresa.

Anton was educated at Mullaitivu Maha Vidyalayam.

He was a teacher and served as a school principal before becoming a director of education.

He contested the 2013 provincial council election as one of the Tamil National Alliance’s candidates in Mullaitivu District and was elected to the Northern Provincial Council.

Following the election he was appointed to assist the Chief Minister on social services and rehabilitation.

Anton took his oath as provincial councillor in front of Chief Minister C. V. Vigneswaran at Veerasingam Hall on 11 October 2013.

Anton Jeyanathan was elected unopposed as Deputy Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council at its inaugural meeting on 25 October 2013.

On the morning of 1 October 2016 he was riding a motorbike near Mulliyawalai when he fell off the bike following a suspected heart attack.

Anton Jeyanathan was taken to Mullaitivu Hospital (Mancholai Base Hospital) but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Anton Jeyanathan passed away at 68 years old.

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