2011 Central Tibetan Administration general election

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2011 Central Tibetan Administration general election
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  2006 March 20, 2011 2016  
Turnout58.97%
  Lobsang Sangay, Tibetan Prime Minister.jpg Tenzin Tethong.jpg Tashi Wangdi 2 by David Shankbone.jpg
Candidate Lobsang Sangay Tenzin Tethong Tashi Wangdi
Party Independent Independent Independent
Popular vote22,48912,3192,101
Percentage55%37%6%

Kalon Tripa before election

Lobsang Tenzin
Independent

Elected Kalon Tripa

Lobsang Sangay
Independent

Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, Lobsang Sangay, and Tashi Wangdi - face off in Washington for an internationally televised debate, March 1, 2011 Tibetan pm debate 480 main 03march2011.jpg
Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, Lobsang Sangay, and Tashi Wangdi - face off in Washington for an internationally televised debate, March 1, 2011

The Central Tibetan Administration’s general elections were held for the second time on March 20, 2011 to elect the Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of the Tibetan government in exile. This was the third time Tibetans in exile were able to choose their Prime Minister as the office was traditionally appointed by the Dalai Lama. Elections for the 43 Chitue (members) of the Tibetan Parliament in Dharamshala were also held. Some 49,000 of the 83,000 Tibetans registered to vote took part in the election. [1]

This election was of particularly importance due to the Dalai Lama’s announcement months before that he was going to withdraw from every political position and therefore the Prime Minister will hold full political representation of the Tibetan people in exile. [1]

Human rights scholar and lawyer Lobsang Sangay won the election with 55% of the votes cast. His most immediate rival was former Kalon Tripa Tenzin Tethong who earned 37% percent. [2] The other candidates acknowledge Sangay's victory and he was also congratulated by the Dalai Lama and other important figures of the Tibetan diaspora. [1]

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References

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