By Tenzin Monlam
Dicki Chhoyang speaks to reporters at Ghankyi, Feb. 28, 2016
DHARAMSHALA, February 28: With the elections for the highest office of the exile Tibetan polity just weeks away, the current Tibetan Kashag headed by the Tibetan PM Lobsang Sangay received a setback today as a minister in his cabinet resigned.
The Minister of Information and International relations of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Kalon Dicki Chhoyang submitted her resignation from her office on Sunday with immediate effect.
Addressing the media in front of the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Gangchen Kyishong, Dicki Chhoyang said she has formally summited her resignation to the Prime Minister (Sikyong) Dr. Lobsang Sangay.
The Secretary of Kashag Secretariat, the two Secretaries of her department and the Tibet Policy Institute were all given a copy each of her resignation letter.
“My Decision was made with careful deliberation, bearing in mind our collective interest and the significant challenges that lie ahead. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the Tibetan people as Kalon,” said the 50-year old.
However, she did not give any specifics on the reason for her resignation before the end of her tenure. “I would, in detail, explain the reasons for my resignation in the near future.”
“May his wishes as well as the aspiration of our brothers and sisters in Tibet be fulfilled,” she concluded.
However, there are mixed reactions to the latest political development, which already is being discussed on various groups on WeChat.
Tenzin Tsering, 52, a resident of Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mungod, said, “The minister must provide reasons for her resignation well before the final election to clear rumours, including the one that her resignation may be connected to the election campaigns of Penpa Tsering, who is Sangay’s sole opponent.”
“I have equal support for both the candidates. And my mind is sort of in equilibrium concerning whom to vote for. So it will be really nice for the honorable minister to give her clarification much earlier so that we have more time to think about making the right use of our precious votes,” said Tenzing Rigdol, a Tibetan artist.
In a separate press conference, PM Sangay said that his information minister resigned in order for her to take part in the election activities since the Election Commission’s rules do not allow any incumbent Kalon to do so.
The outgoing minister, who has served for over four year as DIIR Kalon, admitted that it is not the end as far as service towards the Tibetan community is concerned. She said that she is determined and driven towards serving the community.
Chhoyang, who was a part of the first democratically-elected government after His Holiness the Dalai Lama relinquished his political powers in 2011, ended her resignation letter with a prayer for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Tibetan Prime Minister has taken up the outgoing minister’s portfolio at the Department of Information and Relations.