2001 Central Tibetan Administration general election

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2001 Central Tibetan Administration general election
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  1996 29 July 2001 2006  
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Candidate Lobsang Tenzin Juchen Thubten Namgyal
Party Independent Independent
Popular vote29, 000
Percentage84.54%12%

Kalon Tripa before election

Sonam Topgyal
Independent

Elected Kalon Tripa

Lobsang Tenzin
Independent

General elections for Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of the Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) and members of the organization's Parliament were held on July 29, 2001 and were the first time the office of Prime Minister was up to democratic election for the Tibetans, as it was traditionally appointed by the Dalai Lama under the Parliament's ratification. The election of Kalon Tripa was part of a series of reforms encouraged by the Dalai Lama for the democratization of the exile Tibetan community. [1] Lobsang Tenzin, the 5th Samdhong Rinpoche won the election with more than 80% of the votes. [2]

As is traditional in this process, preliminary or sometimes called primary elections were held months before, on May 12, 2001 with the following results:

CandidatePositionVotes%
Lobsang Tenzin 5th Samdhong Rinpoche 31, 44482.75
Juchen Thubten Namgyal Kalon 3, 7329.82
Gyalo Thondup Former Kalon Tripa, Dalai Lama's brother2, 3046.06
Gyari Lodoe Gyaltsen 3300.86
Tenzin Tethong Former Kalon Tripa1040.27
Sakya Trizin Leader of the Sakya School 840.22
Invalid/blank votes35,882-
Source:TCA [3]

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References

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