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Dharamshala: A bill to increase the number of Tibetan members of parliament (MPs) from North America has been passed in the tenth session of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile.

Under the new legislation, a second MP will be elected from the US and Canada, in addition to Mr Tenzin Choeden, who presently serves in the post.

Mr Tenzin presented the proposal, saying the large population of over 30,000 Tibetans who reside in around 30 communities across North America necessitates two separate constituencies. "It will help the general public to meet and question the representatives elected from their own constituencies," he commented.