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Statement from new North American Chitue

posted Sep 21, 2011, 5:39 PM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Sep 21, 2011, 5:53 PM ]
By Tashi Namgyal

The election of leaders through a fair and free election is one of the most important tasks of a democratic administration.  The Tibetan exile community participated in such an exercise in 2010-2011 resulting in the election of a new Kalon Tripa and members of Parliament.   This process has showed that Tibetans in exile have come long way in the past 50 years in our effort to democratize our system, under the benevolent and farsighted leadership of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

When the results were announced and Ms. Dicki Chhoyang and Mr. Norbu Tsering were declared elected from the North American Tibetan parliamentary seats, I humbly respected the verdict of the voters.  I wished our two elected parliamentarians all success in the important work ahead and assured them that I will continue to involve myself in works relating to the Tibetan community, in whatever way I can.

However, in the light of appointment of Ms. Chhoyang as a Kalon on September 16, 2011, the Tibetan Election Commission informed me that my name was the next in line to fill the vacancy of the North American seat and wanted to know of my decision.  Since my commitment to be of whatever service to the Tibetan community continues to stand I informed the Commission that I would be honored to serve as a member of the Tibetan Parliament.  My work place has been kind enough to consider my request for leave at short notice, so I will be traveling to Dharamsala in a couple of days to take the oath of the office and take part in the deliberation Chithue, which is currently in session.

I will work closely with Mr. Norbu Tsering to further the cause of Tibet in general and the interest of Tibetans in North America.  I believe that we have more responsibilities than ever before in view of His Holiness’s devolvement of his political power to the elected representatives.  I hope that I will be able to shoulder this onerous task.