Tibetan Parliament to relieve Dalai of politics

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has accepted the Dalai Lama`s desire to be relieved of political duties.

Updated: Mar 26, 2011, 11:00 AM IST

Dharamsala: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
has accepted the Dalai Lama`s desire to be relieved of his
political duties and agreed to amend its Charter for the
purpose but has proposed that he should continue as the
`symbolic head` of the Tibetan government.

Prime Minister of the Tibetan government in exile
Samthong Rimpoche told the Tibetan Parliament here on the last
day of its Budget session today that the House has agreed to
the desire of the spiritual leader for an amendment in the
Tibetan Charter (Constitution) to relieve him of his political
duties.

"The charter shall be amended accordingly. And for that
an amendment committee shall be constituted shortly," he said.

The chairman of the present (14th) Parliament has been
authorized to choose this committee, he said.

"The Parliament will meet in a specially convened session
by the end of May this year, (before the 15th Parliament takes
over), to approve the amendments," he added.

A resolution to this effect was also passed by the House
by voice vote.

The amendment committee shall give the report by April 11
and then the cabinet shall discuss it with the Dalai Lama,
said MP Dhawa Tsering.

Earlier, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile discussed the
report of the three-member committee which proposed amendments
to the Tibetan Charter to devolve political and administrative
powers of the Dalai Lama to the elected leadership of Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile.

The proposed amendments aim to transfer the powers of the
Dalai Lama to Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile.

They also proposed that a new clause should be added to
the Tibetan Charter to give a new designation to the Dalai
Lama in which he continues as a symbolic head of the Tibetan
Government-in-Exile.

PTI