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Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Begins 2nd Parliamentary TermSalem-News.com
The Inaugural Session on December 6th.
1) During this session, TGTE MP’s will elect the Prime Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
2) Several dignitaries from around the world, including legislators and political leaders, will address the opening Session.
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), which was formed after the mass killing of Tamils in the final months of the Sri Lanka war in 2009, completed its first Parliamentary term and begins its second Parliamentary term on December 6, 2013.
After completing the first term in office, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) Prime Minister Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, dissolved the Parliament on October 1, 2013.
The TGTE Election Commission then took over the responsibility to hold elections for the 2nd term of the TGTE Parliament. The Chief Election Commissioner Mrs. S. Sridas along with her other Commissioners around the world organized elections in twelve countries.
The newly elected 112 TGTE Members of Parliament (MPs) will meet from December 6th to 8th in New Jersey in the United States to take oaths and to inaugurate the second Parliamentary term. Some MPs will join via video conference from Zurich, Switzerland.
Several dignitaries from around the world, including legislators and political leaders, will address the opening Session.
During this session, TGTE MP’s will elect the Prime Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
The new session will convene under the newly elected Speaker. Numerous topics will be discussed during this Session and Resolutions adopted.
The newly elected MPs will represent Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Denmark, Norway and New Zealand.
It is a new political formation based on the principles of nationhood, homeland and self-determination. The raison d’etre for the TGTE is lack of political space inside the island of Sri Lanka for the Tamils to articulate and realize their political aspirations fully due to Constitutional impediments, racist political environment and military strangulation; and the coordination of diaspora political activities based on democratic principles and the rule of law.
The Constitution of the TGTE mandates that it should realize its political objective only through peaceful means.
TGTE held internationally supervised elections in 12 countries. These elections were held to ensure that core believe of democracy be upheld within the TGTE and to demonstrate TGTE's belief and reliance upon democratic ideals. TGTE has a bicameral legislature and a Cabinet. Although an elected body, TGTE does not claim to be a government in exile.
TGTE held its second elections in October 2013. Tamils around the world unitedly elected all the Members of Parliament without contest. With this election, TGTE begins its 2nd Parliamentary term.
The TGTE promulgated a Freedom Charter on May 18, 2013 incorporating “Freedom Demands” of the Tamils across the globe. Presently, in addition to the campaign for an international investigation, the TGTE is also campaigning for an International Protection Mechanism and the release of documents pertaining to Tamils prepared by the Office of the Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide.
TGTE believes that the referendum among the Tamils inside the island of Sri Lanka and the Tamil diaspora will contribute to the political resolution of the Tamil national conflict.
So far, the human cost has reached 100,000 as it grows. There are also 90,000 Tamil war widows. The Tamil women, especially female bread winners are subject to sexual abuse by the Sri Lankan security forces.
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