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Exile Tibetan vote has moral, political legitimacy

Mar. 15 (Radio Free Asia): The Mar. 20 elections may be viewed as just a symbolic exercise when Tibetans in exile vote for a government-in-exile. But experts say the election for new members of parliament and a new prime minister will give added push to the Tibetan cause, even though Tibet remains under Beijing’s firm control.

Bhuchung Tsering, president of the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet, agreed, calling next week’s elections a “challenge to Chinese rule in Tibet.”

“Politically, these elections are for an administration that is clearly recognized by Tibetans as a continuation of the [pre-1959] government of Tibet before the Chinese took over.”

Thus, the elections have a “moral and political legitimacy,” Tsering said.

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