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Sri Lankan born Khamshajiny Gunaratnam is to become the new deputy mayor of Oslo as Norway’s Labour Party and its Green and Socialist allies retake the city after eight years of Conservative rule.

Gunaratnam was 23-years-old when Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik attacked the Labour party summer camp she was attending on the island of Utøya in 2011.

The 27-year-old Utøya survivor— who styles herself “Kamzy” — was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Norway when she was three years old.
 
She will be formally elected at a meeting of the city’s new council on Wednesday.
 
She will serve under the city’s new mayor Marianne Borgen, a longstanding politician for the Socialist Left party.
 
Borgen’s appointment ended hopes that the city could see its first Muslim mayor, after the Green Party’s candidate Shoaib Sultan became sidelined in the Labour Party’s coalition deal.
 
“It was for me the safest place in the world,” she told the New York Times after the event in Utøya.
 
She told the Financial Times how she decided to try to swim to land from the island, despite seeing many turning back in exhaustion.   
 
“Eventually, I decided I would rather drown than be shot,” she said. (thelocal.no)
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  • Boonda Wednesday, 21 October 2015 05:40 PM

    And we had Mano Tharmaraja in the same position and Sinniah as the Lord Mayor of Lewsiam

    Andrew Pitugala Wednesday, 21 October 2015 11:34 AM

    I congratulate you as a Srilankan. Great achievement.

    ruwan Wednesday, 21 October 2015 12:14 PM

    Andrew please help her community back in Sri Lanka also to achieve similar success in Sri Lanka

    Lingam - UK Wednesday, 21 October 2015 01:57 PM

    Congratulations! We all are proud of your courage and determination. We wish you and your family all the best.

    MOHAMED ASHRAFF NAZIM Wednesday, 21 October 2015 02:03 PM

    We shall congratulate and give a Big Hand of applause and wish Her all the Best as a Sri Lanka Citizen may be belongs to any religion or race.

    de silva Wednesday, 21 October 2015 02:11 PM

    CONGRATUALATIONS MAM

    raj Thursday, 22 October 2015 08:51 PM

    If she was in Sri Lanka, she would have been nothing because of the Sri Lankan system

    Ajja Wednesday, 21 October 2015 04:04 PM

    Very proud of this young lady.Their community is now representing in Canada and in Singapore cabinet too...

    Boonda Wednesday, 21 October 2015 04:59 PM

    In UK, we have Krishna Suresh as Lord Mayor of Harrow.


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