S. A. Raheem

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S. A. Raheem
எஸ். ஏ. ரகீம்
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Mannar
In office
Preceded by V. A. Alegacone
Succeeded by P. S. Soosaithasan
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Kenya
Personal details
Born (1921-08-09)9 August 1921
Died 1989
Political party United National Party
Alma mater St. Xavier's Boys' College
Jaffna Central College
Jaffna College
Ethnicity Sri Lankan Moor

Seyadu Abdul Raheem (Tamil: செய்யது அப்துல் ரகீம்; 9 August 1921 – 1989) was a Sri Lankan Moor diplomat, politician and Member of Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Raheem was born on 9 August 1921.[1][2] He was educated at St. Xavier's Boys' College, Jaffna Central College and Jaffna College.[1][2]


Raheem entered local politics in 1960, serving as chairman of Mannar Town Council between 1962 and 1972.[1]

Raheem contested the 1970 parliamentary election as the United National Party's candidate in Mannar but was defeated by incumbent V. A. Alegacone of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi.[3] Alegacone died on 25 November 1973, Raheem contested the ensuing by-election on 25 February 1974 and was elected to Parliament.[4]

Later life[edit]

Raheem was appointed High Commissioner to Kenya in 1978.[1] He was also Sri Lanka's representative at the Habitat International Coalition, founder member of the Moors’ Islamic Cultural Home, vice president of the All Ceylon Muslim League, vice chairman Paddy Marketing Board and director of the Sri Lanka Cashew Corporation.[1][2] He died in 1989.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sri Lanka Moor Family Genealogy: CASSIM, Muhammad - Family #206". Rootsweb.
  2. ^ a b c d Sameer, Fazli (2009). Muslim Personalities in Sri Lanka,then and now. p. 199.
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-09.
  4. ^ "Summary of By Elections 1947 to 1988" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-09.