By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 7: After almost four months into the parliamentary impasse, elected lawmakers have unanimously agreed to follow the recommendation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and take the oath of office as per the Tibetan charter.
The elected lawmakers met for a two-day crisis-talk last week but failed to resolve the stalemate. The closed-door meeting then reached a consensus to approach the Tibetan leader for advice to resolve the issue and a letter was subsequently submitted to the private office on September 30.
On Thursday, the Tibetan leader responded through a letter where he said that he is “disappointed” that the 17th Tibetan Parliament in Exile was unable to convene and that the incident may cause Tibetans, especially those in Tibet to lose hope.
The Dalai Lama while giving his recommendation said that his guidance cannot be in breach of the Charter. The Tibetan leader wrote that all elected MPs must take their oath of office as per provisions prescribed in the charter, or the election commission must exercise its authority as per the charter to secure a majority in the parliament to move things forward.
“All 45 elected MPs have unanimously agreed to follow by the recommendation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and take their oath of office from the protem speaker. We have approached the parliamentary secretariat to that affect,” spokesperson and elected MP Doma Tsering told Phayul.
Sources say that the elected lawmakers may take their oath of office on Friday and convene for a short parliamentary session to elect the Speaker and the standing committee of the parliament.
The incident has visibly left a gaping trust deficit for the elected members of the parliament from the public with many saying that the incident could have been avoided if cooler heads prevailed. The 17th TPiE has not convened two of its mandated ten sessions due to the crisis.