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Dharamshala: - The 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Thursday, September 20, 2012 amended the title of Kalon Tripa to Sikyong (Political Leader) in Article 19 of the Charter of the Tibetans in exile and relevant articles.

However, after this amendment, title Kalon (minister) for the remaining members of the Kashag (cabinet) will continue to remain the same.

The landmark charter amendment motion, tabled in the floor of the House was unanimously approved after deliberations by members of the Parliament.

The charter amendment bill number 39 was introduced by Kalon (minister) of security Dhongchung Ngodup on the seventh day of the fourth session of the 15th Tibetan parliament-in-exile.

The name change has been effected following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's speech on August 8, 2011. Following the devolution of his political authority to the democratically-elected Tibetan leadership, the Tibetan spiritual leasder had said that he was handing over the political leadership he inherited from Taktra Rinpoche to Lobsang Sangay, the first democratically-elected Sikyong.

"I took over the political leadership of Tibet from Sikyong Taktra Rinpoche, when I was 16 years old. Today, in the 21st century, when democracy is thriving, I hand over the political leadership of Tibet to Sikyong Lobsang Sangay," the Tibetan leader had said.

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