The projected winner within the election for the subsequent chief, or Sikyong, of Tibet’s Dharamsala, India-based exile authorities is pledging to work laborious on behalf of Tibetans dwelling of their China-ruled homeland and in exile, saying he has already acquired many messages of help.
“I do know Tibetans inside Tibet don’t have the best to vote,” Penpa Tsering, former speaker of Tibet’s exile authorities, stated on Saturday in remarks to RFA after closing votes confirmed him the clear winner on this 12 months’s election.
“Nevertheless, I’ve been receiving your greatest needs by phrase of mouth, and I’d subsequently prefer to thank all Tibetans each inside [Tibet] and dwelling exile,” Tsering stated.
“Resolving the problem of Tibet and caring for the welfare of Tibetans in exile are actually my core tasks,” stated Tsering, who has beforehand stated he’ll search for methods to reject what he referred to as China’s “assimilationist insurance policies on Tibet’s language, tradition, faith, and surroundings.”
“The general public has sincerely positioned their belief in me, and I can’t let this be in useless,” Tsering stated, including that he will likely be guided in his work by the aspirations for the Tibetan folks of Tibet’s exiled non secular chief the Dalai Lama.
“I’ll work very laborious,” Tsering stated, calling on Tibetans to “depart behind the animosity [of the campaign] and stay united.”
“Wholesome discussions and dialogue will all the time be part of enhancing our trigger,” he added.
Now forward in votes
Greater than 83,000 Tibetans dwelling in 26 international locations world wide went to the polls on April 11 to forged their ballots within the third and closing spherical of voting for Sikyong.
Ultimate votes counted within the U.S. on Friday confirmed a complete of 33,924 ballots have now been forged for Tsering, in contrast with 28,595 forged for rival candidate Aukatsang Kelsang Dorjee, a former consultant of Tibetan non secular chief the Dalai Lama, in response to unofficial counting by RFA.
Reported by Pema Ngodup for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Translated by Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Richard Finney.