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TYC re-elects President Tsewang Rigzin for second term

August 11, 2010

By Phurbu Thinley
August 8, 2010

Dharamsala, August 8 -- Tsewang Rigzin was on
Sunday re-elected as president of the Tibetan
Youth Congress for the second consecutive term
here at the concluding day of its 14th General Body Meeting.

Heading TYC since September 2007, Mr Tsewang's
new term will now extend through August 2013. He
served as the president of the Portland/Vancouver
regional chapter of the TYC before first being
elected as the president of the TYC during its 13th GBM in 2007.

"As the newly elected president of the Tibetan
Youth Congress I once again want to declare and
reiterate my unyielding faith in the restoration
of Tibet's lost independence," Mr Tsewang said in
delivering his acceptance speech.

"In working for the cause of Tibet, we must not
and cannot afford to forget the supreme
sacrifices being made by brave Tibetans inside Tibet," he said.

Founded in 1970, the Tibetan Youth Congress is
the largest NGO in the exile Tibetan community
seeking complete independence for Tibet, a
radical position opposed to the 'Middle Way'
approach as proposed by the Dalai Lama and
adopted as an official policy by the Tibetan Government-in-Exile.

Mr Tsewang also repeatedly appealed members both
at the central and regional levels to continue to
show resolute determination and sincerity to work
towards the cause of Tibet and its people.

"It is my earnest appeal here today to all the
members not to let partisan feelings and
individual differences to come in the way of
organisation's larger goal of regaining Tibet's independence," he said.

Describing TYC as an indispensable organisation
for the Tibetan freedom struggle, Mr Tsewang said
its members must not fail the trust and
confidence placed by so many Tibetans both in and
outside Tibet in the organisation's work.

His appeal echoes the rifts that have surfaced
within the working of the organization’s central
executive members, both during the previous and current executive body.

Elected for a term of three years, the executive
body, called the Central Executive Committee
(CENTREX), supervises the entire functioning of
TYC, provides guidance to the 'Regional Working
Committees' and represents TYC in all national and international forums.

Over 170 executive members from 47 regional
chapters based in Bhutan, India and Nepal, and
members representing chapters in United States,
Canada, Taiwan and Europe took part in the
seven-day general body meeting, which began on August 2.

The GBM is the highest decision making body of
TYC. The body elects not less than ten members for the central executive body.

Mr Tsewang and his newly elected team members
will begin their new term next month.

Dhondup Lhadar, who is currently serving as the
organisation's general secretary, was elected to
serve as the new Vice President in the next
executive body. Tenzin Choekyi, a former TCY
CENTREX member and a member of Dharamsala RTYC,
was declared elected as the new General Secretary.

The General Body Meeting also re-elected Tenzin
Norsang, Tenzin Yangzom, Penpa Tsering and
Kunchok Yamphel, who are currently serving as the
organisation's Joint Secretary, Secretary for
International Affairs, Organisation Secretary and
Public Relation Officer respectively.

Tenzin Dolma of Delhi RTYC, Yeshi Tharchen of
Deckyi Ling (Dehradun) RTYC, and Jigme of
Varanasi RTYC are other newly elected CENTREX members.

The CENTREX members are normally required to work
in TYC’s head office based here in Dharamsala,
the seat of the Tibetan Government in Exile and
hometown of the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama.
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