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A new member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile from Domey constituency, Tashi Dhondup, took the oath of office from speaker Penpa Tsering at a ceremony held at the Tibetan Parliament, Dharamsala, India on July 11, 2014.

Tashi Dhondup replaces Kirti Dolkar Lhamo, who submitted her resignation last November citing personal reasons.

Dhondup secured the highest votes in the by-election where there were three candidates in the final election.

Speaker Penpa Tsering and other Parliamentarians in the standing committee congratulated Tashi Dhondup by offering white scarfs and wishing him best for his tenure as a Tibetan parliamentarian.

Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Tashi Dhondup said he cannot make any promise as a new MP as he's living in Nepal, where the political situation is grave, but he pledged to work as per the Tibetan Charter.

Dhondup praised the plight of Tibetans inside, citing the 130 Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest China's rule and urged the exile Tibetans to back the policies of Central Tibetan Administration to solve the Tibet issue. He is currently the head of Tsering old age home, and holds position in Domey regional Chapter and Local Parliament.

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