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Dharamshala — The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) announced on Saturday that Penpa Tsering has been appointed as the new Representative for the Office of Tibet, Washington, DC.

Mr Tsering, who has been serving as the Speaker of the fourteenth and Fifteenth Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, will take charge from 1 July 2016, a release from the Kashag secretariat stated, on May 7, 2016.

Mr Tsering and Dr Sangay were the two final candidates vying for the post of Sikyong in the final election. Dr Sangay is re-elected as the Sikyong for another five year term. While he accepted defeat and congratulated Dr Sangay, Tsering said: "As per tradition and as one of the final two candidates of the Sikyong election, I came here to congratulate incumbent Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay for his victory."

Mr Tsering was born in 1967 at Bylakuppee, south India and He graduated with Economics Major from the Madras Christian College, Chennai. He worked as the Executive Director at the Tibetan Parliamentary and Research Centre (TPPRC) at New Delhi from 2001-2008. He graduated with Economics Major from the Madras Christian College, Chennai.

He was elected to the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth Tibetan Parliament-in-exile. Mr Tsering was elected as the Speaker of the fourteenth Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile with Mr Karma Choephel on 31 May 2006.

The Tibet office is the official agency of the Dalai Lama and the CTA, based in Dharamshala, India. It was established in New York, in 1964 and shifted to Washington DC recently, to raise the issue of Tibet at the United Nations and seeks support for the Tibetan cause in the United States, Canada and Latin American countries.

The representative is also responsible for looking after the welfare of around 15,000 Tibetans living in the US and Canada.

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