National Democratic Party of Tibet

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National Democratic Party of Tibet

PresidentTsetan Norbu
Vice PresidentKarma Yangdup
Founded2 September 1994 (1994-09-02)
Headquarters Dharamsala, India
Membership5,000 (worldwide)
Ideology Tibetan nationalism
Constitutional monarchism
Political position Centre-right
Colours Blue, red, white
Seats in Parliament
16 / 43
National Democratic Party of Tibet
Tibetan name
Tibetan བོད་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་མང་གཙོ་ཚོགས་པ

The National Democratic Party of Tibet is a major party in the Tibetan government in exile, officially the Central Tibetan Administration, based in India. [1]


It was founded on 2 September 1994, but the seeds of the party were planted by the 14th Dalai Lama at a meeting of the Tibetan Youth Congress in 1990. Based on that meeting, leaders of the congress began drawing up a constitution. Mr. TT Karma Chophel was elected the first President of the NDPT, and ten other executive members were chosen. [2]

Structure and activities

Samdhong Rinpoche at a National Democratic Party of Tibet event on 2 September 2014. DSC 8767 (15583089122).jpg
Samdhong Rinpoche at a National Democratic Party of Tibet event on 2 September 2014.

According to the party, its main aim and objectives are to prepare for the establishment of the political parties in a future Tibet, to promote democracy, to educate the Tibetan people about the significance of political parties, and to create awareness among the people about Tibetan issues. [3]

In 2008, the party held workshops on democracy in Tibetan settlements located in remote parts of India, where the Tibetan community was taught about democracy as a value. In the 5th National Convention, the party passed a bill to support Tibetan political science students in different universities.

This party played an important role in arousing political discussions in exile. The party supported Dr. Lobsang Sangay both during the 2011 and 2016 Tibetan Election for Kalon Tripa, now termed Sikyong (Prime Minister) to head the Central Tibetan Administration. However, in 2016 the party nominated Speaker Penpa Tsering along with Dr. Sangay to provide wider choice to the Tibetan diaspora.

Party leaders


In May 2011, Tenzin Rabgyal founded the People's Party of Tibet in an effort to bring plurality to the democratic process for Tibetans.

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