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Tibetan Democracy Day: Canada Tibet Committee launches “Sikyong2016” interview series

September 02, 2015

Candidate: Mr. Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile

Hashtag:  #Sikyong2016

UPDATE:  Interviews with all 5 of the Sikyong candidates can be viewed at:

Montreal, September 2, 2015 – Today on the occasion of Tibetan Democracy Day, the Canada Tibet Committee has released the first in a series of interviews with declared candidates for the office of Sikyong, Tibet’s political leader [1].

The interview series provides an opportunity for Tibet supporters outside of the Tibetan community, including parliamentarians and journalists, to gain insights into the debates that are shaping Tibet’s leadership race. 

Today’s launch features a conversation with Mr. Penpa Tsering [2], currently Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. 

“The passion with which Tibetans have engaged the race for Sikyong is a testament to the vibrancy of Tibet’s democracy-in-exile”, said Eva Cirnu, the Canada Tibet Committee’s representative in Dharamsala [3]. “It is a reflection of the culture of pluralism that has been fostered through the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 

“The Canada Tibet Committee is proud to share Tibetan election debates with Canadians” added  Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee, “especially at this time when Canada’s election campaign is also in full swing.”

The Tibetan election will take place in two phases:  the first in October 2015 will narrow the field of candidates; the second in March 2016 will elect the Sikyong.  The process is overseen by the Tibetan Election Commission [4].

This interview series is produced for the Canada Tibet Committee by Eva Cirnu and Dominik Czartoryski in Dharamsala, India.  All declared candidates for the office of Sikyong were invited to interview for this series and all were asked the same questions.  The Canada Tibet Committee is a non-partisan organization [5].  While supporting Tibet’s democratic process, the CTC does not endorse any particular candidate in the Tibetan election.



 [2] Mr. Penpa Tsering’s election facebook page is:

[3] Eva Cirnu produces Dharamsala Dispatch, a cultural digest featured on the CTC’s Talk Tibet blog:

[4] Read more about the Tibet Election Commission at

[5] Canada Tibet Committee,

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