Dalai Lama to shed politics formally

Dalai already announced his retirement from politics. He will convey the same to Tibetan Parl.

Dharamsala: Having announced his
retirement from active politics, Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama will formally convey to the Tibetan Parliament-in-
Exile on Sunday his decision to devolve his "formal authority"
to an elected leader of the community.

The 75-year-old spiritual leader, who has been leading
the struggle for a "meaningful and genuine" autonomy to Tibet
from China for the past six decades, will send a message
reflecting his decision to the 14th Parliament-in-Exile which
will have its last session tomorrow.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama will send a message to
the Parliament-in-Exile on Monday morning asking it to accept
his decision to step down as political head. The message will
be read out by Speaker Penpa Tsering," officials of the
Government-in-Exile said here today.

The Dalai Lama had on Thursday announced his decision
to retire as political head of Tibetan government-in-exile and
to hand over his "formal authority" to a "freely-elected"

However, the Parliament-in-Exile is unlikely to accept
his decision as lawmakers and other top officials feel that
without the Dalai Lama the Government-in-Exile would lack

Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile
Samdhong Rinpoche says the Parliament has to look for
"innovative" solutions to satisfy the aspirations of the
exiled Tibetans as well as the Dalai Lama. He also made it
clear that the Dalai Lama is unlikely to change his decision.

Rinpoche, a close aide of the Dalai Lama, says the
spiritual leader wants to completely retire from politics as
he feels that "political leadership should not be confined to
one person and individual".

His close aides say the Dalai Lama wants to hand over
all his political powers to the newly-elected leader of the
Tibetan Government-in-Exile to prepare the community to carry
on the struggle without him.

They said the Dalai Lama has been contemplating
retiring from active politics for a long time and has been
discussing the issue with his close aides, who are opposed to
his decision.

But, the aides said the Dalai Lama is unlikely to
change his decision and will ask the Parliament-in-Exile to
make amendments to the Charter of Tibetans-in-Exile reflecting
his decision to hand over "formal authority".

His decision comes at a time exiled Tibetans across
the world will vote the next Prime Minister which may see for
the first time that a lay person, rather than a monk, will
assume the role.

42-year-old Lobsang Sangay, a Harvard fellow, is the
leading candidate for the post.


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