The undated photo shows Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Regional People's Congress of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.(Xinhua Photo)
LHASA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Former governor Qiangba Puncog of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region was elected chairman of the Standing Committee of the Regional People's Congress Friday.
His election as the regional parliament leader was announced shortly after the annual parliamentary session endorsed his resignation as regional government chairman, a job he held for nearly seven years.
Qiangba Puncog, a native of Qamdo Prefecture, was born in 1947. He was elected chairman of Tibet's regional government in May 2003.
A mechanics major from Chongqing University in the southwestern Chongqing Municipality, Qiangba Puncog is among the first Tibetansto receive college education. The slender, bespectacled and soft-spoken official is widely respected by the Tibetans as a man of wisdom.
The parliament session also endorsed the resignation of Legqog, former leader of the regional parliament. Legqog, born in 1944, has reached retirement age.
Tibet's regional parliament session to discuss personnel changes
LHASA, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Tibet Autonomous Regional Government Chairman Qiangba Puncog is to tender his resignation at the ongoing session of the People's Congress of the Tibet Autonomous Region, according to the confirmed agenda of the annual meeting.
A new chairman will be elected before the session concludes on Friday. Full story