Tibetan EC appeals 22 MPs to take oath to end Parliament deadlock

Tibetan Election Commissioner Wangdu Tsering Pesur speaks during a press conference at the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, India, on 18 June 2021.

Tibetan Election Commissioner Wangdu Tsering Pesur speaks during a press conference at the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, India, on 18 June 2021. Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal

McLEOD GANJ, India, 18 June 2021

With half the members of the hung Tibetan Parliament-in-exile refusing to take oath before the Protem Speaker, the Tibetan Election Commissioner Wangdu Tsering Pesur appealed to them to reconsider their decision in the greater interest of Tibet and the Tibetan people.

Pesur during a press conference urged the 22 members, who took oath before a portrait of the Dalai Lama and the Charter instead of the Protem Speaker as required by the Charter, to take oath according to the Charter, and set the House in order.

He expressed concern that the current crisis could cause disappointment to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and hamper and potentially halt the functioning of the Central Tibetan Administration.

The Parliament Secretariat offered two ways to take oath, albeit violating the Charter, following which 22 members took oath before the Dalai Lama’s portrait and the Charter, and 21 took oath before the Protem Speaker. The question remains as to how and why the Secretariat made the two options for taking oath in violation of the Charter.

Pesur wasn’t able to convene a meeting to elect the new Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, as the two-third quorum with 30 members was not fulfilled since only 21 members were recognised has having taken oath.

The 22 who took oath before the Dalai Lama portrait and the Charter argue that the ousted Chief Justice and the two Justice Commissioners resumed their duties unlawfully. The 16th Parliament dismissed the three justices through a two-thirds majority on 25 March.

It remains uncertain when the deadlock would end, or what would be the way forward to break the deadlock.


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