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Tashi Wangdi

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Tashi Wangdi
Tenzin Tethong (l), Lobsang Sangay (c) and Tashi Wangdi (r) Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile debate in Washington on an internationally-televised debate, March 1, 2011[1]

Tashi Wangdi (Tibetan: བཀྲ་ཤིས་དབང་འདུས་, Wylie: Bkra-shis Dbang-'dus) was the representative to the Americas of the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso from April 16, 2005 to 2008.[2] Since 1966 he served the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibet's government-in-exile. He held the position of kalon, or Cabinet Minister, in virtually every major department, including the Department of Religion and Culture, Department of Home, Department of Education, Department of Information and International Relations, Department of Security, and Department of Health.

Wangdi studied at Durham University, graduating with a degree in Politics and Sociology in 1973.[3] He was formerly the Dalai Lama's representative to the Indian government in New Delhi.

"We are seeking a solution within the framework of the Chinese Constitution for a meaningful autonomy," said Wangdi of his government's status. "Until we are able to achieve that goal, we effectively have a government in exile with a charter —a Constitution. In that charter, His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] is effectively head of state, and the prime minister is head of government."[4]


  1. ^ "Tibetans in Exile Consider Choice for Prime Minister". VOA. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  2. ^ Kasur Tashi Wangdi appointed Representative to Americas Archived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine, Tibet.com, March 31, 2005.
  3. ^ "Results of Final Examinations held in June 1973". Durham University Gazette. 20: 14. 1973. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. ^ Interview with Tashi Wangdi, David Shankbone, Wikinews, November 14, 2007.

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