His Holiness Witnessed The Oath Taking Ceremony Of Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay

Today Dr. Lobsang Sangay was sworn-in for second term of Sikyong in presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Tsuglagkhang in Dharamshala. Dr. Sangay came out as the victor of the Sikyong 2016 election by defeating his counterpart Speaker of the 15th Parliament Mr. Penpa Tsering to a 57% majority of vote.

The Oath taking ceremony began with prostates by Dr. Sangay before His Holiness and presented Tibetan ceremonial scarf(khada) to express gratitude for His Holiness’s leadership and guidance for the last many years.
The oath was administered by the Chief Justice Commissioner of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission, Mr. Kargyu Dhondup.
Following is an excerpt from the inaugural speech delivered by Sikyong after taking the oath of office:

“Today, on this occasion of my swearing-in for the second term of Sikyong, we are all blessed with the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama gracing the ceremony as the Chief Guest. With many prostrations, I express my eternal gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for accepting our humble request. His Holiness has assured us of his long and healthy life. The Kashag pledges to strive fully in realizing the aspirations of the Tibetan people in his lifetime,” Sikyong began.

“Similarly, I would also like to thank all Tibetans in exile for giving me the opportunity to serve for a second term. I swear to serve to my fullest capacity with all sincerity. All Tibetans irrespective of provincial, regional or religious biases share the same aspiration. With this spirit of our oneness as brothers and sisters, I hope that Tibetans in and outside Tibet will continue to extend their support and solidarity in my effort,” Sikyong said.

Sikyong also said: “In the recent election of the Sikyong and Chithue, there have been a series of unfortunate events that went counter to the Tibetan tradition of humility and good conduct. This has greatly saddened and disappointed His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We ceaselessly beg His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his forgiveness. We all firmly pledge not to repeat these misconduct in future. Likewise, I strongly urge all Tibetans to avoid divisive affiliations and stand strong in unity and harmony.”

Here is the link to his full speech.

Yeshi Paljor

Editor at Tibetan Journal, Yeshi Paljor is a computer engineer by profession.

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