(TibetanReview.net, Mar01’16) – The Information and International Relations kalon, or minister, of the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala, India, has resigned from her post on Feb 28, citing her continuance on that post as a handicap to her ability to participate in public debates on the ongoing Tibetan general election.
The exile Tibetan administration said on its Tibet.net website Feb 28 that her resignation was sudden and that Sikyong Lobsang Sangay had taken charge of her post with immediate effect. It said the outgoing Kalon, Ms Dicki Chhoyang, had cited her desire to devote her time on major issues facing Tibetans while giving her resignation.
Ms Chhoyang, 50, is not a candidate either for the Sikyong post or for a seat in the exile Tibetan parliament and has said, according to Phayul.com Feb 28, that she will, in detail, explain the reasons for her resignation in the near future.
The only reasons – or non-reason – she has given thus far for her resignation is, “My Decision was made with careful deliberation, bearing in mind our collective interest and the significant challenges that lie ahead. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the Tibetan people as Kalon.”
However, the Tibetan service of Voice of America Feb 29 cited Sikyong Lobsang as saying Ms Chhoyang had resigned to participate in public debates of the ongoing Tibetan general election since the rules of the Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration does not allow incumbent Kalons to participate in election activities.