Padma Choling, a native Tibetan and former armyman, was elected governor of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on January 15, 2010 at the regional parliamentary session.
He has replaced Qiangba Puncog to be chairman of the regional government. The ongoing session of the regional People's Congress endorsed Qiangba Puncog's resignation earlier on the same day.
Padma Choling, born in 1951, is a native of Dengqen in Qamdo Prefecture. He served 17 years in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) between 1969 and 1986, before he became an official in Tibet's regional government.
He was elected vice-chairman of the regional government in 2003.