It was announced after the Dalai Lama stepped down from his political role that a new “Kalon Tripa” or prime minister exile would be selected through elections at the end of April. Welps, the election results are out and the new political leader for the Tibetan government in exile is
drumroll please…Harvard-educated Lobsang Sangay. He won 55% of the votes, over Tenzin Tethong (37.4%) and Tashi Wangdi (6.4%). During the Kalon Tripa elections, 83,400 Tibetan were eligible to vote and 49,000 ballots were cast.
Sangay (who is so exiled, he’s never ever been to Tibet) was the first Tibetan to ever attend Harvard Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar in 1995. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, “Democracy in Distress: Is Exile Polity a Remedy? A Case Study of Tibet’s Government in Exile.”
Speaking about his new political role, Sangay says, “My number one priority as Kalon Tripa is to restore freedom in Tibet and pave the way for the return of the Dalai Lama to his rightful residence at the Potala Palace, in our capital city of Lhasa.”
We’re sure Beijing is thrilled. He also confirms that he gave up his scholar position at Harvard Law School and will move to Dharamsala, India.
Read more of his CNN interview here.