Panel formed to amend Tibetan constitution

A five-member `Constitution Amendment Drafting Committee` has been formed to suggest changes in the Charter of Tibetans in Exile that would eventually pave the way for the Dalai Lama to give up his political duties.

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 18:16 PM IST

Dharamshala: A five-member `Constitution
Amendment Drafting Committee` has been formed to suggest
changes in the Charter of Tibetans in Exile that would
eventually pave the way for the Dalai Lama to give up his
political duties as desired by him.

The committee representing both the Kashag (Tibetan
Cabinet) and the Tibetan Parliament in exile was formed
yesterday, and has Speaker Penpa Tsering, Kalon Tripa Samdhong
Rinpoche (Prime Minister), Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari,
Education Kalon (Education Minister) Thupten Lungrik and
former Speaker Pema Jungney as its members.

The formation was done as per a resolution passed by
the 14th Tibetan Parliament in its budget session last week.

This committee shall submit its suggestions by April
11 to the Parliamentary Secretary, Deputy Speaker Gyari said.
He said a "special session" for the implementation of
the amendments is likely to be called by the end of May.

In the resolution, the Parliament also agreed to host
a "Second Tibetan National General Meeting" in the third week
of May to deliberate on the ways to accommodate a special
symbolic role for the Dalai Lama in the Charter.

The MPs elect for 15th Tibetan Parliament will also be
invited to this meeting. The result of the poll for new PM and
MPs be out on April 27.

The outcome would then be discussed and implemented
during a special session of the Parliament - the dates for
which are yet to be finalised, the Deputy Speaker said.

The Dalai Lama had conveyed his decision to give up
his political responsibilities to the exiled Parliament on
March 14 with request to make suitable amendments in Tibetan
Charter to pave the way for transition of power to elected
people.

The Parliament then passed a resolution on March 18
requesting the Dalai Lama to reconsider his decision but he
refused to buzz and returned the resolution to the Parliament.

The Dalai Lama, in his March 10 statement, said he
would devolve his political authority to an elected leader.
Finally on March 25, the Tibetan Parliament agreed to
amend its Charter to grant his wish but proposed that he
continues as the `symbolic head` of the exiled Tibetan
government.

PTI