Tibetans vote for new leader elections throughout diaspora

Mar 20, 2011 No Commenti da

More than 82,000 exile Tibetans across the diaspora vote today (March 20) for the new Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister), who will head the Tibetan administration in exile. The election has a particular significance because it follows the Dalai Lama’s statement to the Tibetan Parliament on March 10 of his intention to devolve political authority to an elected leadership.

The mood of optimism across the diaspora was marred by the news that more than 10,000 Tibetans in Nepal did not get permission to vote today from the Nepalese authorities in Kathmandu, under increasing pressure from the Chinese government. During the earlier round of voting in Nepal on October 3, 2010, Kathmandu police confiscated ballot boxes and shut down the Tibetan community voting sites…

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