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Tibetans Implore His Holiness to Assume the Role of Ceremonial Head of State

May 29, 2011

[Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 7:57 p.m.]

 
 
DHARAMSHALA: The landmark Tibetan National General Meeting which successfully concluded today unanimously approved a proposal to beseech His Holiness the Dalai Lama to assume the role of ceremonial head of state.

The 4-day meeting attended by Tibetans across the world deliberated the draft amendments to the Charter on the devolution of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s political and administrative powers to the democratically elected Tibetan leadership.

The meeting also endorsed a proposal to request His Holiness to accept the inclusion of the new Preamble and responsibilities assigned to him in Article 1 in case if he turns down the proposal on his ceremonial role. The Article 1 makes him the protector and symbol of the Tibetan nation.

The two proposals will be presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 25 May. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address the delegates on the same day.

The meeting also discussed other amendments to the Charter, which include the executive powers assigned to His Holiness in Article 19. The 9 provisions under Article 19 would be pass on to the Kashag and the Parliament.

The Parliament will meet for a special session from 26 – 28 May to give its approval to the amendments.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama then ratify the Charter.

In his closing remarks, Mr Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, said the general meeting has sent a very strong signal to the Chinese government that the Tibetan people are united on the fundamental issues of Tibet.

He underscored that the newly elected Kalon Tripa and the new members of Parliament will have even greater responsibilities to shoulder in the near future.

Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche delivered his closing statement on an auspicious note by announcing the prophesy of the State Oracle of Tibet, Nechung, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama would live up to 113 years. His Holiness will live up to the predicted age if the Tibetan people could successfully maintain morality, unity and enhance their collective merit, Kalon Tripa told the delegates.

Over 418 delegates representing Tibetan communities living across the world, including Asia, the United States, Europe and Russia, participated in the meeting.
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