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(Ngapo Ngawang Jigme) Senior Chinese legislator, political advisor passes away

December 24, 2009  2009-12-23 20:28:22
<Xinhua is the official press agency of the Chinese Communist Party and
the government>

  BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, a senior Chinese
legislator and political advisor, passed away in Beijing Wednesday at
the age of 100.

    Ngapoi, of Tibetan ethnic group, died of disease at 4:50 p.m.
Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the General Office of the
Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

    In the statement, he was described as "a great patriot, renowned
social activist, good son of Tibetan people, outstanding leader of
China's ethnic work and close friend of the CPC."

    Ngapoi, once a senior official of the former local government of
Tibet, served as vice chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC)
Standing Committee from 1964 to 1993 and vice chairman of the National
Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
(CPPCC) for many years.

    He was also president of the China Association for Preservation and
Development of Tibetan Culture.
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