Aurangabad, India — The president of the Tibetan-government-in-exile, officially known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) extended his congratulations to Australian Prime Minister Hon Scott Morrison on his Liberal Coalition party’s remarkable victory in the general elections this Saturday.
The final result of the election may not be known for some hours, but with more than 70% of votes counted Prime Minister Morrison’s Liberal-National Coalition party has won ahead with 74 seats with the opposition Labor party on just 66 seats. PM Morrison will continue to hold the office he assumed in August 2018.
President of the Tibet's government-in-exile, Dr Lobsang Sangay has written to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to congratulate Mr Morrison on his Liberal-National coalition's victory at the national election, the CTA official media said in a report on Sunday (May 19, 2019).
“I, on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration, heartily congratulate you on your party, the Liberal-National Coalition’s remarkable victory in the Australian general elections and particularly on your excellency’s singlehanded leadership in securing one of the most impressive victories for the Liberal party in the recent history of Australian elections,” President Dr Sangay said in his congratulatory remarks.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to the people and government of Australia for your exemplary support in hosting over 2300 Tibetans out of which over a thousand are former Tibetan political prisoners,” the Tibetan President added.
President Sangay concluded by thanking the Australian government for supporting the resolution of the issue of Tibet through dialogue and hoped that new leadership will continue Australia’s longstanding support for CTA’s Middle Way Approach and vocally express it.
Since his surprise Saturday night victory, Mr Morrison has received congratulatory phone calls from UK Prime Minister Theresa May, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Morrison also received messages of congratulations from French President Emmanuel Macron, Papua New Guinea's Peter O'Neill and the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.
Many other Pacific leaders have calso ongratulated Morrison on his surprise election victory but have urged him to do more to fight the climate crisis, which poses an existential threat to the region.