Date: Thursday, 24-December-2009
<Xinhua is the official press agency of the Chinese Communist Party andthe government>
BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, a senior Chineselegislator and political advisor, passed away in Beijing Wednesday atthe age of 100.
Ngapoi, of Tibetan
ethnic group, died of disease at 4:50 p.m.Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the General Office of theCommunist Party of China
(CPC) Central Committee.
In the statement, he was described as "a great patriot, renownedsocial activist, good son of Tibetan
people, outstanding leader ofChina's ethnic work and close friend of the CPC."
Ngapoi, once a senior official of the former local government ofTibet, served as vice chairman of the National People's Congress
(NPC)Standing Committee from 1964 to 1993 and vice chairman of the NationalCommittee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC) for many years.
He was also president of the China
Association for Preservation andDevelopment of Tibetan