Tokyo: The Dalai Lama has said that he would
serve as a "pure spiritual leader" after handing over his
"legitimate political authority" to Lobsang Sangay, the newly
elected Prime Minister of Tibet`s government-in-exile.
"I have now decided to hand over all my legitimate
political authority to the elected political leadership," the
Tibetan spiritual leader said here yesterday after presiding
over prayers for victims of Japan`s March 11 earthquake and
tsunami at a Buddhist temple.
"That does not mean I resign from (being the) Dalai
Lama," he was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency. "I made
clear the Dalai Lama institution should be (that of a) pure
spiritual leader, spiritual institution."
His remarks came two days after Harvard legal scholar
Lobsang Sangay was elected the new Prime Minister of Tibet`s
government-in-exile in Dharamsala through votes cast by tens
of thousands of Tibetans around the world.
Now conditions are "sort of right, so I now decide to
hand over all my legitimate political authority to the elected
political leadership," the Dalai said.
"Now the majority of them (Tibetans) understand my
decision is timely," he said.
The Dalai criticised China for what he alleged the
political and cultural suppression of people in the Tibet