By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 11: The 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-exile (TPiE) convened its first parliament session on Monday, pledging their commitment to resolve the issue of Tibet peacefully. The proceedings also saw the approval of three women cabinet (Kashag) ministers after voting by the MPs. As of Monday, Kasur Gyari Dolma, former school Principal Tharlam Dolma, and TCHRD researcher Norzin Dolma were approved by the parliament.
TPiE Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel presided over the session attended by the Deputy Speaker Dolma Tsering and CTA President Penpa Tsering. Two other nominees for ministership, former Kalon Thupten Lungrik and TCV Director Tsultrim Dorjee failed to secure 50% votes of approval by the parliament. Scores of MPs walked out during the fifth Kalon nomination of MP Ngodup Dorjee, citing incompetence of the nominee.
“With the rapidly evolving global politics, China is impacted to gradually shift its policy toward the changing spectrum of global governance. This shift in China’s global policy is evidently impacting its hardliner policy toward Tibet,” remarked the Speaker in his opening address. The Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel further urged the members to relay constructive suggestions in a healthy manner in accordance with the parliamentary procedures.
The inaugural session also unanimously proposed a resolution to thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his timely intervention and his invaluable advice that has swiftly ended months of parliament deadlock. The four-month hiatus ceased when the Dalai Lama on Thursday intervened with his recommendation to the parliamentarians to take oath as per the Charter of Tibetan government-in-exile.
The two-day session is set to appoint the seven cabinet members for the respective departments under the CTA, also known as the Tibetan government-in-exile. The appointed Kalons; Gyari Dolma secured 30 votes, whereas Tharlam Dolma and Norzin Dolma secured 27 votes in the elections. The nominees Thupten Lungrig and Tsultrim Dorjee secured 18 and 13 votes respectively.