Armela Viram Srimathi

Armela Viram Srimathi

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Leader of the Social Labour Party
Assumed office
March 16, 2018
Preceded bySebastian Bertelsen
Member of the Rigsdagen
for Mesconia–Rimso
Assumed office
August 8, 2010
Deputy: August 8, 2010 – March 13, 2013
Personal details
A. V. Srimathi

(1985-02-19) February 19, 1985 (age 36)
Rimso, Mesconia, Scovern
Political partySAP
Spouse(s)Ib Truelsen
ParentsK. S. Viram
P. T. Ishika

Armela Viram Srimathi (/'ʃrɪmɑθiː/, born February 19, 1985; aged 36) is a Scoverne politician who is currently the leader of the Social Labour Party since 2018 and has been a Member of the Rigsdagen since 2013.

Born to Chatra parents in Rimso in 1986, Srimathi was brought up as a Zohist. She joined the SAP's Rimso youth party in 2002, prior to enrolling at the Steffanite University of Rimso in 2004. She remained closely involved and affiliated with the SAP throughout her university years, and in 2008 was elected to its presidency. In 2010 she was elected as the deputy of Georg Søndergaard for the Mesconia–Rimso region, but upon his retirement from politics in 2013 with a heart condition, became the youngest member of the Rigsdagen at 28. Politically on the left of the party during the 2013-17 government, she became known for her frequent opposition to the government's economic policy, which drew inspiration from neoliberal economics.

She strongly criticised the party's leadership during the 2017-18 Scoverne tax scandal, and announced she would be running for election to the party's leadership shortly after. Emphasising a stern approach to party members involved, she won the leadership election in 2018. She moved the party away from its prior association with neoliberalism, and introduced new progressive policies and a reliance on younger leadership. During her tenure, the party has taken a stronger stance on green politics, environmentalism and minority rights, particularly for the Annic peoples, for which she has supported the idea of self-representation.