DHARAMSALA, 6 March: The Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile(TPIE )has confirmed his bid for the upcoming Sikyong(President) election of the Tibetan-government-in-exile, officially known as Central Tibetan Administration(CTA).
Amid speculation that the 16th TPIE’s Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok will run for the election of Sikyong 2021, he has confirmed he’s running, the Voice of Tibet reported.
According to the report, though it was his supporters who have urged him to run and named him as a probable candidate on social media initially, he has now accepted the call and decided to run for the office.
He has now become the third candidate to announce his candidacy for the top office of the exiled Tibetans. Two former Ministers of CTA, Gyari Dolma and Lobsang Nyandak have announced their candidacy for the Sikyong election on 17 Jan and 2 March respectively.
The Deputy Speaker of the TPIE has previously held administrative and teaching posts at Central University for Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, Varanasi and TCV Suja from 1989-1996.
From 1994-2002 he served the National Democratic Party of Tibet as its Joint Secretary, Secretary and President of the National Democratic Party of Tibet.
He was first elected as a member of TPIE in 2006 from U-Tsang province, won re-elections thereafter and was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the 16th TPIE.
The incumbent CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay, the political head of the Tibetan people will complete his second term in office by the end of April 2021.
The 2021 Tibetan general elections will see Tibetans in exile elect their new CTA President and members of the 17th TPIE.