April 27, 2011
The official results of the 2011 Kalon Tripa and Parliamentary elections of the Tibetan government were declared late last night by the Election commission in Dharmsala, India. Since early this morning I had to be available for the VOA Kunleng interview which was followed by many e-mails and calls. Hence this delay in communicating with all of you. My apologies.
I want to start by congratulating Lobsang Sangay la on his successful election to the office of the Kalon Tripa. I have already wished him success in carrying out the heavy responsibilities of the Tibetan government in exile. On a personal level, I cannot but say the results were a disappointment. However, when I look at the larger Tibetan picture, it is nowhere as critical as the suffering of the Tibetan people for over fifty years. The opportunity to offer my services and to participate in the election process was a rich and rewarding experience. I stand proud with all those who supported and campaigned for me. I believe that our efforts were a positive and meaningful contribution to this important democratic exercise.
Once more, I thank all those who supported and encouraged me to run for this office in the first place, and I especially want to thank all those who went out of their way to campaign on my behalf, offer donations, and to travel with me to many of the Tibetan communities and settlements. Your concerns for the future of Tibet and your deep involvement in our affairs is a source of great strength and encouragement to all. I also want to thank all those who came to meet me and to listen to what I had to say about the role and responsibilities of a Kalon Tripa and the daunting future we all face.
Tashi Delek and my very best wishes to all who have been elected on this important day.