Department of Immigration and Emigration today confirmed that Frontline Socialist Party Leader Kumar Gunaratnam would receive Sri Lankan citizenship effective from February 01.
The Frontline Socialist Party launched a series of protests last year demanding Sri Lankan citizenship for its leader.
Gunaratnam, who was evading the Sri Lankan the Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities for over nine months, was nabbed by the Police in the Anguruwella area, in Kegalle, in November, 2015.
The party leader was taken into custody for overstaying his 30-day tourist visa since January 31, 2015. He was released last year after a 12-month imprisonment.
The government, in December, promised to grant Sri Lankan Citizenship to Kumar Gunaratnam, considering the requests put forward by the Frontline Socialist Party and various civil society bodies.
Co-spokesman of Cabinet Minister Rajitha Senaratna, addressing a press conference in Colombo, told media that necessary actions would be taken once Gunaratnam submits his application for the Citizenship.