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Tibetan Political Leadership Election Campaign Underway

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Dr Lobsang Sangay / RFA

The Washington-based Radio Free Asia (Tibetan Language) interviewed the incumbent Sikyong, Dr Lobsang Sangay, the leading candidate in the forthcoming Sikyong (Political Leader) election, and posed some direct questions related to his Administration over the past four and half years.

The incumbent Sikyong’s strong contender is the incumbent Tibetan Parliament Speaker, Mr Penpa Tsering, who recently raised some serious questions of oversights and concerns on Sangay’s Administration during his election campaign speeches in the US, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and France.

Dr Sangay’s campaign tour in the US, Canada and Switzerland is following the cities where Mr Tsering had already visited. The incumbent Sikyong said that he was requested by his supporters in the US to make clarifications on misinformation disseminated by the incumbent Speaker Penpa Tsering during his election campaign speeches in the US and Canada.

In this interview, the RFA anchor highlights some of the claims made by Speaker Penpa Tsering against Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and invites the incumbent Sikyong’s response.

As electorates, we look forward to positive election campaigns from both deserving candidates and especially from their core supporters.

One has to note that the forthcoming election is not simply about the winning of the highest offices in the exiled Tibetan Administration for either of these two great candidates but we should strive to use the ‘democracy’ bestowed upon the Tibetan people by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the most positive way as possible.

Good luck to both the candidates!



About Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

Born in a refugee camp in western Nepal, Tsering is passionate about Tibet and the Tibetan issue. An NGO professional with combined experience of over 22 years, Tsering has led the Tibetan Community UK from 2014 to 2016 as its Chairman. He continues to engage in a wide-range of issues in support of the Tibetan aspirations. Prior to his current appointment as Special Adviser to the Tibet Society, which is the first and longest established Tibet support group anywhere in the world, Tsering has worked for Tibet Relief Fund and Tibet Foundation. He has also served on the boards of Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust, Tibet Society and Tibet House Trust. A firm believer in making difference to his community, Tsering invests in the empowerment of youth and vulnerable individuals through development and advocacy work. He has conducted multiple field trips to India and Nepal over the past two decades and worked with professionals and local partners. A keen observer on China's global ambitions, Tsering follows its actions particularly policy implications on the Tibetan people across the Himalayan belt and beyond. As well as advocating on the Tibetan issue with the UN, EU and the UK through the parliamentarians, officials and special advisers, Tsering has spoken at important public and closed forums – audience included government representatives, policymakers, rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, NGO professionals, university students and researchers. In addition to his writings on the Tibetan affairs, published in the British, Nepalese and Tibetan media, Tsering was also interviewed by the BBC, Sky News and Reuters. He is frequently interviewed by the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Tibet. Tsering has also conducted special interviews with leading Tibetan political figures - President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile (Central Tibetan Administration) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's former Special Envoy (Washington based) and former Representative (London based) for a Tibetan YouTube channel. Tsering’s personal blog: tsamtruk.wordpress.com


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