By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 7 November 2017
Education Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration Ngodup Tsering has been appointed as the new Representative of the Dalai Lama to North America in Washington DC, replacing the incumbent Penpa Tsering.
It is unclear where Penpa Tsering will now be posted. He assumed the post of Representative in August 2016.
Speculations are rife that he would be appointed to be a secretary at the private office of the Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj.
Some had guessed that he would be made the Secretary of the Dalai Lama Trust in the US after the suspension of the previous Secretary Tenzin Dhonden following corruption charges against him.
But sources said this post has been temporarily filled by appointment of Tashi Namgyal as the Secretary. He was a former staff of CTA, as well as the former member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile representing North America.
Questions to the Kashag Secretary about a new Education Minister and where Penpa Tsering would be deputed didn’t reveal any information.
Speaking to Tibet Sun over the phone, Penpa Tsering said that he received the Kashag’s letter announcing Ngodup Tsering as the new Representative a day ago, and said that the Kashag has terminated his service from the end of this month.
“There were no other details in the Kashag’s letter.”
He said that there has not been any communication to him from anybody with regard to his appointment as a secretary to the Office the Dalai Lama.
“I feel it is important to clarify that I do not have any record of wrongdoing in my capacity as the Representative.”
Ngodup Tsering will take charge as the new Representative from 1 December.