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Two replacement MPs sworn in

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Screengrab of MP Namgyal Qusar and MP Geshe Gangri

By Tenzin Dharpo

DHARAMSHALA, Apr. 16: Following the resignation of U-tsang MP Pema Jungney and Domey MP Lobsang Choejor, two replacement MPs were sworn in for 16th Tibetan parliament in Exile on Wednesday.

Ven. Geshe Gangri of Domey province and Mr. Namgyal Qusar of U-Tsang province were sworn in by the Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok. “Even though the term of this Parliament is soon to be over, it is an opportunity for all to work for the best of our cause and conclude the 16th TPiE in great terms, which would be the best offering to His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” said the Deputy Speaker.

Geshe Gangri from Drepund monastery has served as executive leader for many Tibetan NGOs and was a member of Tibetan Local Assembly of Mundgod. He has also served as the President of the 16th Central Domey Association’s executive committee and is currently the President of the 17th Central Domey Association’s executive committee.

Namgyal Qusar who holds the Kachupa Degree (equivalent to MBBS) and the Menrampa Degree (equivalent to MD) qualifications in Tibetan traditional medicine. He served at Mentsekhang’s research wing holding various positions until 1999. The founder of Qusar healing center is also a resource person for Tibetan medicine related seminars and workshops conducted around the world.  

The two new MPs may participate in the upcoming additional session of the parliament scheduled to be held in May where amendment of the charter will likely take place for the appointment of new judges.

Last week, Speaker Pema Jungney and fellow standing committee member MP Lobsang Choejor resigned as parliamentarians over their roles in impeaching the top three judges of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission.

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