mandag 11. januar 2021

Exiled Tibetans Hold First-Round Voting for New Leaders of India-Based Government

Tens of thousands of Tibetans in exile have voted in the first round of elections for a new political leader of their exile government in Dharamshala, India. Voters around the world selected two candidates for Sikyong, or president of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), who will face off against each other in a final round scheduled for April 11. They also selected 90 candidates for 45 parliament seats. The election commission will announce the results on Feb. 8.

In Nepal, where Tibetan issues are sensitive, the local Tibetan community held the elections in secret on Dec. 25 and 26, but police on Dec. 27 detained five Tibetans, including an RFA reporter based in Kathmandu. According to the online Tibetan Journal, a representative of the Human Rights Organization of Nepal said the five were detained because voting coincided with a visit from a Chinese official. They were released the same day after a representative of the organization appealed on their behalf at the police station.