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Tibetan Woman to Contest European Elections

May 3, 2009

By Tenam
Phayul
May 2, 2009

Paris, May 2 - For the first time ever, a Tibetan
woman has decided to contest in the forthcoming
European elections. Kalshang Dolma Rangeard, 41,
a French-Tibetan woman from Bordeaux has been
selected as a candidate from South-West France in
the forthcoming European elections. The European
Green Party is a transnational political party
having as its member Green parties from European countries.

With the support of the Tibetan Community of
France and Green Party of France, Kalshang who
has been living in France since 1991 and is the
founder and the Honorary President of Tashi Delek
Association of Bordeaux, will be participating in
various conferences in France and in Holland in May.

"As a Tibet activist, the main motive of my
accepting Green Party's candidature is to be able
to represent Tibet. That is the reason I am on the list," Kalshang said.

Kalshang, whose parents fled Tibet after the
Chinese invasion, was born in Kalimpong, India,
and studied in Orissa and Darjeeling. She worked
for over two years at the Office of Tibet,
Kathmandu before moving to France in 1991. Today
she is married to a French man and lives in Bordeaux, France.

The list from the region is led by Mr. Jose Bove,
a farmer and an activists, who was one of the
twelve official candidates for the French presidential elections in 2007.
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