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Bill on increasing number of MPs in Tibetan parliament stalled

March 25, 2010
March 22, 2010

Dharamsala (HP): Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile today failed to pass a bill
aimed at increasing its strength by two seats meant for representatives from
abroad with the members divided over the method proposed for their election.

The proposed legislation seeks to increase the number of representatives
from North America from the existing one to two and create a new seat to
represent Tibetans from the rest of the world excluding Europe, India, Nepal
and Bhutan.

Twenty six members voted in favour of the bill whereas it needed the support
of 28 members out of a total of 43 to get a two-third majority, Tibetan
Government-in-Exile soures said.

A total of 33 members were present in the Parliament when the bill was
tabled, they said, adding that the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker did not
have voting rights.

The support of 28 members is a must for the passage of any legislation
seeking to change or add a clause to the charter of the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile, they said.

Speaker Penga Tsering said he had been working to pass the bill for some

Though majority of the members supported the idea of having representation
of Tibetans from other parts of the world opinions differed on how they
should be elected, he said.
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