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17th Parliament to hold second and third session in March 2022

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Tibetan Parliament in Exile (photo/Wikimedia)

By Tenzin Dharpo

DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 16: The newly inducted 17th Tibetan parliament in exile (TPiE) will convene its second and third session in March next year, the parliamentary secretariat announced Monday in an official circular.

In accordance with Article 40 of the Charter of Tibetans-in-Exile, the 17th Tibetan parliament will hold its second and third sessions in March 2022, the announcement read.

The house will hold its second session from March 14 to March 18 for five days, and the third session to be held from March 21 to March 31 for 10 days the parliamentary secretariat said adding that all members of the parliament must report to the secretariat on 13 March.

The 17th TPiE was unable to convene for the larger part of the 2021 due to the oath taking row that resulted in a stalemate that lasted for months. Following the guidance from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the members unanimously adopted the advice to take their oath of office from the Pro-tem Speaker in October. Subsequently, the first session of the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile was convened for two days in October.

The parliamentary deadlock has fuelled a mounting trust deficit from the public towards the elected MPs who many say are propelling division among the public and are under performing when it comes to their duties as elected law makers.

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