By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 2 October 2020
Riding high on over 30 years of service within the Tibetan community supporting his election campaign, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, the Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, launched his manifesto as a 2021 Sikyong candidate.
In a press conference, Acharya, 58, enumerated his experience from a school prefect in 1979 to election as Deputy Speaker in 2016.
He said his prime goal will be to follow the path shown by the Dalai Lama through the Middle-way approach for fulfilling the dream of a free Tibet.
His manifesto promises a strong exile Tibetan community, strong relations with India and a strong international network, and reestablishment of the process of dialogue with the Chinese government that has been stalled since 2010.
The manifesto assures the administrative services would be less bureaucratic and more efficient, and would build a sound economy for activism and the welfare of Tibetans in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
A few members of the press and several of Acharya’s supporters were present at the manifesto launch in McLeod Ganj. He said his support base is people from all three Tibetan provinces, spread around the world.
The preliminary round of voting when the nominations will be chosen will be held on 3 January, and the final round with the top two candidates will be on 11 April. The winner will be declared on 14 May.