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Speaker Pema Jungney resigns over impeachment of judges

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Speaker of the TPiE Pema Jungney (Photo/

By Tenzin Dharpo

DHARAMSHALA, Apr. 8: Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile Pema Jungney has resigned from the Speakership and as a parliamentarian of the 16th Tibetan Parliament in Exile (TPiE), on moral grounds on Thursday.

Jugney announced his resignation through his personal Facebook account this morning. The resignation comes after the uproar caused by the parliament’s removal of the Chief Justice and two Commissioners of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission (TSJC) last month.

On March 25, during the budgetary session, 41 MPs in attendance voted to a 31-10 majority to oust Chief Justice Commissioner Sonam Norbu Dagpo, Justice Commissioner Karma Damdul, and Justice Commissioner Tenzin Lungtok. The Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile Pema Jungney who spearheaded the move, at the time said it was necessitated to protect the charter.

On Wednesday, former Speaker and Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche in an interview with Voice of Tibet said that even though the parliament has the authority to impeach judges, it cannot impeach all three judges together, rendering the judiciary ineffective.

MP Lobsang Choejor speaking to the media on Thursday to announce his resignation (photo/screen grab)

Fellow MP and member of the parliament’s standing committee Lobsang Choejor also resigned from the parliament on Thursday citing his role in the impeachment of the three judges. “After hearing Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche’s explanation of the relevant articles in the charter, it is clear that my interpretation of the article is wrong.

“Therefore, I tender my resignation from the standing committee as well as the 16th TPiE and apologize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche and the Tibetan people,” he told reporters earlier today.

With the resignation of the Speaker and a member of the parliament’s standing committee, questions loom as to how the proceedings that require amendments in the charter for the appointment of new judges will proceed during the additional parliamentary session next month.

4 Responses

  1. It it not the first time Pema Junge has disdained prudent statements of the Justice Commission. Either he and his accomplices act like children offended by something they don’t want to hear OR we see here the same kind of arbitrariness and despotism as shown from the Chinese or Burmese government. What a shame!

    Not only Pema Junge but also deputy speaker Yeshi Phuntsok should not only resign but repair the huge damage they have done to our democray and immediately reinstall the three judges!

  2. As long as Gadhen Phodrang grips power over the Tibetan community and moving democratically forward is a hurdle to our movement. Demonizing and ostracizing patriotic educated Tibetan face consequence for their selfless dedication for Tibet. Only the sycophantic to the hubris can succeed on top.

  3. “Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile Pema Jungney has resigned from the Speakership and as a parliamentarian of the 16th Tibetan Parliament in Exile (TPiE), on moral grounds on Thursday.”

    Hey Phayul ..! what do you mean “moral ground”, if it is on the moral ground then he should undo the wrong he has done…He should reinstate the Justice Commissioners and apologies..! He didn’t do any of those and just left destroying the pillar of Democracy and weakening the CTA. There is great Hidden Agenda and cooking Political Conspiracy.

    Harvard Law doctorate Sikyong doesn’t seem to care of CTA except campaigning for his candidate. Not caring of poor people’s health in the mist of pandemic and organizing huge gathering.

    Wake up Tibetan People …before its too late. Some selfish people are after Chair, Money and Power not to serve the People & His Holiness.

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