After making some landmark achievements like reaffirming the Tibetans’ rights to choose a successor to Dalai Lama with the successful passage of the Tibet Policy and Support Act in the United States, the Tibetan government-in-exile in India is gripped in election fever.
Lobsang Sangay completes his second term as President (Sikyong) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) next year. This leaves the door open for new candidates to take up the key role of leading the CTA headquarters in Dharamsala after a decade.
With an aggressive China testing New Delhi by pushing boundaries on the undemarcated Line of Actual Control and wanting to appoint its own successor to Dalai Lama, the role of the Tibetan Administration and its President becomes far more important in 2021.
It’ll be a decade since Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama formally relinquished his political and administrative role by signing amendments to the Constitution of the Tibetan government-in-exile in 2011.