Dharamsala: In accordance with the Article 57, clause (I) (II) and the Article 47 of the Charter of Tibetans-in-Exile, Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok administered the oath of office to the new Parliament members Ven. Geshe Gangri of Domey province and Mr. Namgyal Qusar of U-Tsang province for the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.Following the resignation of the former Speaker Mr. Pema Jungney and former Parliamentarian Mr Lobsang Choejor of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, the replacement of the Parliamentarians was made from a reserved waiting list maintained by the Central Tibetan Election Commission for the concerned constituency on the basis of the required minimum number of votes won by the candidates who did not make it to the Parliament during the last general election and who had the highest number of votes among those in the current reserved list.The swearing-in ceremony for the two Members of the Parliament was held, in the presence of the standing committee members of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and Parliamentary staff members, at 10: 00 am at the Parliament here today. The ceremony started with offering of Tibetan traditional scarfs to the portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, followed by oath administration of the two new Parliament Members, and serving of dresil (sweet rice) and butter tea.
On the auspicious day of Lhakar (White Wednesday), the Deputy Speaker in his address congratulated the newly sworn-in Parliamentarians on behalf of all the Standing Committee members and all the Tibetans. He expressed his wish to work with them for the remaining term of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. “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 the Dalai Lama, ”Said the Deputy Speaker.The brief ceremony then proceeded with presentation of Tibetan traditional scarf to congratulate the new MPs by the Standing Committee members. Parliamentarians Geshe Gangri and Mr. Namgyal Qusar sought guidance from the Deputy Speaker and were handed over the official documents at the Deputy Speaker’s chamber.