The expected winner in the next leadership election, or Sikyong, of the exiled government of Dharamsala, India of Tibet, is pledging to work hard on behalf of Tibetans living in their homeland due to China is ruling and is in exile, saying he has received many messages of support.
“I know Tibetans in Tibet do not have the right to vote,” Penpa Tsering, a former spokesperson for the Tibetan government-in-exile, said Saturday in comments to RFA after the final ballots showed. he is the clear winner in this year’s elections.
“However, I have received your best wishes verbally, and therefore I want to thank all the Tibetans inside. [Tibet] and living in exile, ”said Tsering.
“Solving the Tibet problem and taking care of the welfare of Tibetans in exile is now my core responsibility,” said Tsering, who previously said would seek to refute what he said. the so-called “China’s assimilation policies toward Tibetan language, culture, religion and the environment. “
“The public has sincerely believed in me, and I will not let this go in vain,” Tsering said, adding that he will be guided in his work by the aspiration of the Tibetan people. of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
“I will work very hard,” said Tsering, urging the Tibetans to “leave hatred behind [of the campaign] and remain united. “
“Healthy discussions and dialogues will always be a driving part of our career,” he added.
Currently leading in terms of votes
More than 83,000 Tibetans living in 26 countries around the world went to the polls on April 11 to vote in the third and final round of voting for Sikyong.
The final votes counted in the US on Friday showed a total of 33,924 votes were now cast for Tsering, compared with 28,595 votes for rival candidate Aukatsang Kelsang Dorjee, former representative of the spiritual leader. Tibet, the Dalai Lama, according to the unofficial vote count of RFA.
Pema Ngodup Report for the RFA Tibetan Service. Translation of Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Richard Finney.