Tibetans-in-exile hold awareness campaign ahead of 2011 PM polls

June 21st, 2009 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Dharamsala, June 21 (ANI): Tibetans-in-exile have organised an election awareness campaign here ahead of 2011 Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) elections.
Hundreds of Tibetans including Buddhist monks and nuns participated in the panel discussion organised by four Tibetan NGOs.
“This is a panel discussion organised by a number of non-governmental organisations to discuss the importance of the next elections… which is due in 2011,” said Samdhong Rinpoche, Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile.
“We want to inspire and motivate especially the younger generation who makes 75 percent of the voting population…the majority of voters are below 35 years of age, so we want them to come out and vote for the right person,” added Tenzin Cheoying, an organizer.
The Tibetan people, both inside and outside Tibet, consider the government-in-exile, with its headquarters in Dharamsala, to be the sole legitimate government of Tibet.
An estimated 134,000 Tibetans live in exile, a majority of them in India and Nepal.
Chinese troops occupied Tibet in 1950 and the Dalai Lama fled the mountainous region in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. (ANI)

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