Lobsang Yeshi was sworn in as the newest member of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) at a ceremony held at the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat yesterday in Dharamshala.
Yeshi took oath of office from Speaker Penpa Tsering at a ceremony attended by standing committee members of the TPiE and staff of the parliamentary secretariat.
Yeshi’s swearing in comes after Geshe Yungdrung Gyaltsen, a sitting member from Do-Toe province submitted his resignation dated January 1, 2012 citing personal reasons. Yeshi had secured the stipulated 33 per cent of votes from Do-Toe province during the last general elections in March 2011.
A former president of the Tibetan Youth Congress and a long time activist, Yeshi currently resides in the largest Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, working as a teacher.
Speaking to Phayul after his swearing in ceremony, Yeshi said that the Tibetan Parliament is “an important and a sacred platform” and the responsibility of being a member is “huge.”
“To get this invaluable opportunity to serve ones people and the struggle at a time when Tibet is passing through its most critical stage is an overwhelming privilege and honor as well as a huge challenge,” Yeshi said.
“I will shoulder these responsibilities to the best of my ability and try to do justice to the trust and the responsibility bestowed on me.”
TPiE recently announced a series of diplomatic and political initiatives in solidarity with the ongoing critical situation inside Tibet.
The parliament is scheduled to meet for its next session on March 14.