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15may20104Dharamshala: National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT) held a press conference this afternoon to formally announce its 2011 Prime Minister and Parliamentary candidates. The conference was chaired by NDPT President Chime Yungdong.

NDPT President and chairperson of the conference Chime Yungdong formally endorsed two candidates, Dr. Lobsang Sangay and former Tibetan minister Tenzin N. Tethong, for the upcoming 2011 Tibetan Prime Ministerial election, and revealed a list of 21 candidates - 6 from Dhotoe, 5 from Dhomed, 10 from U-Tsang - that it will be backing for the concurring 2011 Parliamentary elections.

At the third General Body Meeting of NDPT held in Dharamsala in March, executive members and representatives of NDPT's regional chapters across India and Nepal passed a resolution to back three nominees for Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa), and 45 Members of Parliament (MPs) - fifteen from each of the three Tibetan provinces.

Due to other commitments of the proposed Parliamentary candidates, and the ill-health of the third Prime Ministerial candidate, Chime Yungdong today announced that only two candidates for Prime Minister and 21 Parliamentary candidates have accepted NDPT backing.

Chime Yungdong commented that after which focused on introducing potential candidates for the upcoming elections - NDPT will invite the official candidates to speak at length about their political stances and policies.

Chime Yungdong said that pamphlets introducing prospective MPs will also be circulated around Tibetan settlements in India.

Dr. Lobsang Sangay is the first Tibetan to have gained a doctorate from Harvard University. He is well known for his scholarly work on Tibetan issues and is noted for putting together groundbreaking conferences between Tibetan and Chinese scholars at the university. He has been a prominent member of the Tibetan Youth Congress, and became its youngest ever executive member.

Tenzin N. Tethong is a fellow of Stanford University and a former representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New York and later in Washington. He has been involved in many initiatives aiding Tibetan issues such as The Tibet Fund and Potala Publications, and in 1980 was elected to the Tibetan Government in-Exile where he served in various capacities.

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