By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 29 May 2016
Lobsang Sangay took the oath of office for his second term as Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
Thousands of Tibetans and supporters attended the oath-taking ceremony that took place in the presence of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang Temple in McLeod Ganj.
Sangay was re-elected on 27 April after defeating his only rival, Penpa Tsering. He polled about 57 percent of the 59,353 votes cast by exile Tibetans around the world on 20 March.
He will propose his new cabinet ministers (members of the Kashag) in the exile parliament on 1 June, choosing up to seven members for each of the seven departments of the CTA.
The 45 new members of the Parliament will take oath on 30 June, and elect a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker in the afternoon of the same day. The new Speaker and Deputy Speaker will take oath on morning of 31st, and the new 16th parliament will be in session till 3 June.
Speculations are rife that Sangay will appoint Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang for Home, Sonam Tsering Frasi for Finance, and Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok for Religion and culture Department.
Ngodup Tsering, who was the education minister in his previous cabinet, would retain the same department. He would be the only one from the old Kashag.
Who are you hoping to see, and who do you think would make it in Sangay’s new Kashag?