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Predicted as the winner of the vote for the Tibetan leader in exile vows to work hard, demands solidarity – Radio Free Asia

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.

Official results won’t be released until May 14, but Tsering is currently leading the way with a pleasant spread of 5,329.

Lobsang Sangay, a Harvard-trained law scholar, has served two consecutive five-year terms as Sikyong, an office filled with popularly elected candidates since 2011. vote and will leave that position when his current term ends in May.

Formerly an independent country, Tibet was invaded and annexed by force 70 years ago, after which the Dalai Lama and his thousands of followers were in exile in India and other countries. other countries in the world.

Divisions persist in the Tibetan community in exile over the best way to promote the rights and freedoms of Tibetans living in China, with some calling for the restoration of independence lost as the army Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950.

Instead, the Central Administration of Tibet (CTA) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama adopted a policy approach called the Middle Way, accepting Tibet’s status as part of China. but urged greater cultural and religious freedom, including enhanced language rights, for Tibetans living under Beijing’s rule.

Both Tsering and Aukatsang supported the Middle Way.

Pema Ngodup Report for the RFA Tibetan Service. Translation of Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Richard Finney.



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