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Lobsang Sangay re-elected PM of Tibetan Government-in-Exile

48-year-old Sangay has been premier since 2011, when the Dalai Lama, Tibetans’ spiritual leader, officially relinquished political leadership.

Apr 28, 2016 10:33 IST
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Lobsang-SangeyLobsang Sangay was re-elected as the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile on 27 April 2016 for the second consecutive time.

48-year-old Sangay who has been the Prime Minister since 2011 defeated his only rival - Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament Pempa Tsering by 9012 votes.

Chief Election Commissioner of the Tibetan government-in-exile Sonam Chhopel said, the names of all the 45 elected members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile have also been declared. He said the election to the post of Prime Minister started on 18 October 2015.

The last stage of the election was conducted on 20 March 2016. Counting of the votes was held from 20-22 April 2016 at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

Darjeeling-born Sangay did his studies in Delhi, before going for higher education in the US. He was a senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School.

Background

This election was the second election since the Dalai Lama stepped down as the head of the government in-exile in 2011. Lama stepped down to focus on his role as the Tibetans’ spiritual leader.

Tibetans living in exile cast their votes in 40 countries.

The Dalai Lama and his followers have been living in exile in Dharmsala since they fled Tibet after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese Communist rule and established the Central Tibetan Administration.

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