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Dolma announces candidature for Tibetan prime minister poll

August 7, 2010

Sify
August 6, 2010

The political scene for the election of a new
prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile
based in this town has assumed a new dimension
with senior Tibetan leader Gyari Dolma announcing her candidature.

Dolma, the first woman deputy speaker of the
parliament-in-exile, announced Thursday that she
would contest the Kalon Tripa or prime
ministerial election to be held next year. No
woman has so far become the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

'If I am given the opportunity, I would love to
shoulder the responsibility of Kalon Tripa,' she told IANS Friday.

'But things will be more clear by Oct 3 (when the
primary elections to nominate candidates will be held),' she added.

As per the election schedule, the general
elections will take place March 20, 2011. Some
120,000 Tibetan exiles worldwide - above the age of 18 - are eligible to vote.

Incumbent Samdhong Rinpoche became the first
directly elected prime minister in September 2001
after the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai
Lama, called for a directly elected political leader of the exiles.

The Tibetan government has so far seen four women
ministers in the Kashag (cabinet) but no woman
has so far become the prime minister.

Jetsun Pema, the younger sister of the Dalai
Lama, was the first woman cabinet minister. She
was in the cabinet for three years from 1990.

Currently, Y. Takla, minister of information and
international relations, is the only woman in the cabinet.

The Dalai Lama has been based in this town since fleeing Tibet in 1959.

His government-in-exile is not recognised by any county.
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