Parliament rejects Dhardon Sharling for minister post

Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel reading the result of the voting out of Dhardon Sharling from becoming a minister by members of the Parliament, on 24 September 2016.

Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel reading the result of the voting out of Dhardon Sharling from becoming a minister by members of the Parliament, on 24 September 2016. Tibet Sun/Contributor

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ON THE WEB, 26 September 2016

The Tibetan Parliament-in-exile voted against Dhardon Sharling to become minister (Tib: Kalon) of the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay proposed her name for the second time in the house on Saturday to appoint her as minister, but 27 members out of 45 voted against, giving a clear no to her appointment.

Out of the remaining, 14 voted in her favour, while two abstained, and two were absent from the house.

Sangay proposed Sharling’s name to lead DIIR in June and the Parliament approved the proposal, but later it was learned that she did not meet the age requirement. The Exile Tibetan Charter requires a person to be 35 years of age to be appointed a minister.

Upon members of Parliament demanding proof of her age Sikyong Sangay removed Sharling from his cabinet, as then she was three months short of the required age to become a minister. Sharling turned 35 a few days ago on the 23rd.

Sangay himself has been taking charge of the department since then.


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