Dalai Lama steps down as political leader

The exiled Dalai Lama announced today that he will formally step down as political leader of the Tibetan government in exile.

The Dalai Lama has stated since the 1960s, that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom he can devolve power and finally this can now happen.

He said in a speech on the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese control. “Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect.”

The proposal needs to be formally approved by the Tibetan parliament-in-exile based in India.

Thankfully he remains Tibet’s spiritual leader.

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The Dalai Lama lives in exile in India and advocates “meaningful autonomy” for Tibet within China.

Beijing regards him as a dangerous separatist responsible for stirring up unrest in Tibet.

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